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The Pittsburgh Pirates (58-77) will take on the Colorado Rockies (59-77) for four games at Coors Field. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove for his 28th start today. He is coming off of two runs over six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in his last start. Musgrove has a 6.67 ERA in five August starts, but he has a 3.93 ERA in 71 innings on the road this season. The Rockies will counter with 29-year-old right-hander Tim Melville, who will be pitching in just his ninth Major League game. He has two starts this season, throwing five shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves five days ago, and allowing one run over seven innings in his season debut ten days ago against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

** A few minor league moves ahead of tomorrow’s September 1st call-ups. Pirates promoted Elvis Escobar and Jesus Liranzo to Indianapolis, and John O’Reilly and Joe Jacques to Altoona. So those moves seem to indicate that two relievers will join the Pirates tomorrow, and the rest will come up on Tuesday.

Here are the lineups:

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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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