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The Pittsburgh Pirates (55-76) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (68-62) for three games at Citizens Bank Park. The Pirates will send out Steven Brault for game two of the series. He is coming off of a start against the Washington Nationals in which he allowed two runs over six innings. In his prior start against the St Louis Cardinals, Brault gave up one run over seven frames. He has a 3.41 ERA as a starter this season and 6.11 in relief. The Phillies will counter with veteran lefty Drew Smyly, who has a 6.99 ERA in 83.2 innings, with 86 strikeouts and a 1.69 WHIP. In his last three starts combined, he has given up 11 runs over 14.1 innings. Smyly faced the Pirates on July 21st in his debut with the Phillies and he gave up just one run over six innings. He followed that up with seven shutout frames, but since the beginning of August, he has a 7.45 ERA in four starts.

Here are the lineups:

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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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