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Game Thread: Musgrove takes on the Brew Crew in last game before break

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The Brewers and Pirates, who’ve split the first two games of the three game series, will meet at 1:35 p.m. Eastern at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on the last day before the All-Star break. The veteran right-hander Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.31) will start for the Brewers, and will be faced by the Pirates’ right-hander Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.13)

Anderson has faced the Pirates twice already this year, going five innings on May 30 in Pittsburgh and six innings on June 9 in Milwaukee. In both games he allowed two runs, while totalling two walks and eleven strikeouts. He had a rough stretch of four starts from June 4 to June 21 in which he posted a 7.11 ERA, but over his last two has allowed only three runs in eleven innings.

Anderson has not been efficient on pitches, averaging 18.0 per inning as a starter. His first five appearance of the year were out of the pen, and in the eleven starts since then he’s recorded more than 15 outs only three times and five time has failed to reach five completed innings.

After the horrific collision with second baseman Keston Hiura in Saturday’s game, Brewers’ shortstop Orlando Arcia has been placed on the injured list, replaced on the roster by prospect Mauricio Dubon, who was born in Honduras and graduated high school in Sacramento, California.

The 24 year old Dubon, acquired from the Red Sox before the 2017 season along with Travis Shaw, was hitting 307/336/491 with 14 home runs at Triple-A San Antonio. He is not in the starting lineup.

Milwaukee closer Josh Hader is reportedly dealing with back issues and as he has bowed out of the All-Star game is almost certainly not available for today’s game.

The Pirates have recalled Kevin Kramer to provide an extra bat as Corey Dickerson is evaluated for a groin strain suffered while tracking down a fly ball on wet grass in Saturday’s game. Montana DuRapau was sent back down on the Indianapolis Shuttle after pitching one inning to finish Saturday’s game.

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BREWERS

1 R Lorenzo Cain CF

2 L Mike Moustakas 3B

3 S Yasmani Grandal C

4 R Keston Hiura 2B

5 L Eric Thames RF

6 R Jesus Aguilar 1B

7 l Ben Gamel LF

8 R Tyler Saladino SS

9 R Chase Anderson RHP

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PIRATES

1 L Adam Frazier 2B

2 S Bryan Reynolds LF

3 R Starling Marte CF

4 S Josh Bell 1B

5 S Melky Cabrera RF

6 L Colin Moran 3B

7 R Kevin Newman SS

8 R Jacob Stalling C

9 R Joe Musgrove RHP