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The Pittsburgh Pirates (50-70) take on the Chicago Cubs (64-57) for three games this weekend, with the first two taking place at PNC Park, before the series shifts to Williamsport, PA. Joe Musgrove will get the start in the series opener. He allowed three runs over 5.1 innings against the St Louis Cardinals in his last start. That followed eight runs over 3.1 innings against the New York Mets. Musgrove has faced the Cubs twice this year, throwing a total of 9.2 innings without an earned run. The Cubs will counter with veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who has a 3.48 ERA in 129.1 innings, with 114 strikeouts and a 1.16 WHIP. He is coming off of an outing against the Cincinnati Reds in which he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits in 2.2 innings. He allowed a total of six runs in his previous five starts combined. Hendricks has faced the Pirates once this season, giving up two runs over three innings back on July 2nd.

Cole Tucker rejoined the Pirates

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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