Current record: 29-27, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.0 games back
Up Next: Kansas City Royals, 24-31, 4th place in AL Central, 7.0 games back
Season Series: 0-0, First time playing.
Notes: Interleague play is back for the next 15 games. For the Royals tonight, that means they lose the DH and their defense gets shifted around to keep their best hitters in the lineup. DH Billy Butler goes to first, 1B Eric Hosmer goes to RF, and RF Jeff Francoeur moves to CF. The Pirates have been playing well and should have no trouble with the weak Royals pitching.
Familiar Faces: Surpisingly, none.
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