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Diamondbacks vs. Pirates - 8/23/21

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Tank Bowl 2021 kicks off tonight.

Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 during sa MLB Baseball game. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-83) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (44-80), August 23, 2021 @ 7:05 p.m.

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM/FM

Diamondbacks SB Nation Site: AZ Snake Pit


Starting Pitchers

Diamondbacks: Humberto Mejia (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pirates: Wil Crowe (3-7, 5.23 ERA)

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)

Diamondbacks

  1. Josh Rojas (2B)
  2. Ketel Marte (CF)
  3. Asdrubel Cabrera (3B)
  4. Carson Kelly (C)
  5. David Peralta (LF)
  6. Christian Walker (1B)
  7. Daulton Varsho (RF)
  8. Nick Ahmed (SS)
  9. Humberto Mejia (P)

Pirates

  1. Ben Gamel (LF)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Jacob Stallings (C)
  6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  7. Michael Chavis (2B)
  8. Kevin Newman (SS)
  9. Wil Crowe (P)

Bust aht the tanks!

Two of baseball’s worst teams collide in the opener of a three-game series tonight at PNC Park. Not only are both teams fighting for a chance to move up in next year’s MLB Draft, but the Pirates will have to do so in the middle of a roster frenzy.

Last time the Diamondbacks and Pirates faced off, Arizona left the Pirates snake-bitten with a three-game sweep, outscoring them 21-11, back in July.

ROSTER NEWS:

Gregory Polanco, who was placed on outright waivers last night, is starting in right field, and to be honest, I don't see anyone claiming him in the middle of the game.

On a brighter note, Michael Chavis will make his Pirates debut tonight, batting seventh and playing second base. Among other roster moves today:

  • OF Anthony Alford was re-instated from the 10-day injured list.
  • INF Hoy Park was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • INF Rodolfo Castro was optioned to Double-A Altoona.

Join the in-game conversation in the comments below.