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The Pittsburgh Pirates (55-75) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (67-62) for three games at Citizens Bank Park. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove in the series opener. He gave up five runs over five innings against the Washington Nationals in his last start. Musgrove faced the Phillies on July 20th and he gave up one unearned run over six innings, allowing just two hits. He has a 4.02 ERA on the road, compared to 5.35 at home. The Phillies will counter with veteran lefty Jason Vargas, who has a 3.99 ERA in 117.1 innings, with 92 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP. He has made his last two starts in Philadelphia, allowing two runs over six innings to the Chicago Cubs, followed by two runs over 5.2 innings against the San Diego Padres. Vargas faced the Pirates on July 28th while he was with the New York Mets, and he surrendered three runs in 5.2 innings.

Here are the lineups:

Good Guys

bad guys

1. 1B Rhys Hoskins (R)
2. RF Bryce Harper (L)
3. C J.T. Realmuto (R)
4. LF Corey Dickerson (L)
5. SS Jean Segura (R)
6. 3B Brad Miller (L)
7. 2B Scott Kingery (R)
8. CF Adam Haseley (L)
9. SP Jason Vargas (L)

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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