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Pirates Game Discussion: Pirates vs Orioles, 6:05 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2-2) play tonight on the road against the Baltimore Orioles, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. The Pirates will send Zach Thompson to the mound for his second start. There’s no TV, and the radio call will be on MLB.com.

Here’s the lineup for today, with an update shortly after, noting that Michael Chavis is scratched and Hunter Owen enters the lineup:

Following Thompson, the Pirates will use (in some order): Sam Howard, Chase De Jong, Austin Brice, Aaron Fletcher, Heath Hembree and Hunter Stratton (third time in a row he has been listed so I made him the main photo).

Pirates made five cuts today, including Roansy Contreras and the aforementioned Hunter Stratton. That doesn’t mean he can’t pitch today, but it would be odd.

Some news from today. The Pirates released infielder Stephen Alemais yesterday. The 2016 third round pick has played just 20 games total between winter ball and the minors since 2018 due to multiple major injuries, but he was back healthy this Spring Training and competing for an infield job at the upper levels.

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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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