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P2Live: Mitch Keller Makes His First Start Since His Shutout


The Pittsburgh Pirates (21-19) take on the Baltimore Orioles (26-13) on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in the finale of the three-game series. First pitch is at 1:35 PM.

Mitch Keller (4-1, 2.72) will be on the mound today, making his first start since his shutout. He will look to stop another losing streak by going up against veteran right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.40), who is making his ninth start of the season.

The Pirates have off tomorrow, before heading to Detroit for a quick two-game series.

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Here are links to some news from today. If anything else pops up before the game, we will add the link below:

**Ben Cherington gave updates on Vince Velasquez and Rob Zastryzny, saying both should begin rehab assignments with Indianapolis this week. Velasquez could need just one appearance, but that will be decided once he has made a start. Zastryzny has been out three weeks longer and will need more time.

**Pirates Drop Second Game to Orioles

**Solid Starts from JP Massey and Kyle Nicolas

**Today’s Pirates Prospects Daily looks at Matt Fraizer

**Our weekly Saturday draft article looks at the clear group of top five prospects and how they are all worthy of a #1 pick.

**Today’s Pirates history looks at a six-hit game, as well as two updated bios

**Today’s Card of the Day looks at an interesting offering featuring Tony Pena


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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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