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Pirates Game Discussion: Pirates vs Padres, 6:35 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11) are home at PNC Park for a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (13-7), starting Friday night at 6:35 PM. The Pirates are sending out Zach Thompson (0-2, 10.80) for his fourth start. He has allowed 12 earned runs in ten innings this season. The Padres are countering with veteran right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish (1-1, 4.43), who will be making his fifth start of the season.

Here are the lineups:

Pirates

Padres

UPDATE: A little bit of injury news

UPDATE #2: Anthony Alford cleared waivers and he was sent outright to Indianapolis

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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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