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Scouting report for Sunday, June 18: Cubs at Pirates

Rob Biertempfel
| Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon makes his way to the dugout with catcher Elias Diaz before a game against the Rockies Monday, June 12, 2017, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon makes his way to the dugout with catcher Elias Diaz before a game against the Rockies Monday, June 12, 2017, at PNC Park.

Pirates gameday

vs. Cubs

1:35 p.m.

PNC Park

TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network

Probable pitchers

Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1, 2.90) vs. Cubs RHP John Lackey (4-7, 5.26)

Gamecast: In his last start, Lackey gave up four runs, all via homers, and took the loss vs. the Mets. Over his past five starts, he is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA. … Lackey is allowing 2.27 home runs per nine innings, which is more than double his career rate (0.98 HR/9). He has served up 19 homers in 75 13 IP. Last year, Lackey allowed 23 home runs in 188 13 IP. … It's been 364 days since Cubs C Willson Contreras got his first at-bat in the majors and smacked a first-pitch homer off Pirates reliever A.J. Schugel at Wrigley Field. … Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Anthony Rizzo became the first Cub since at least 1920 to hit a leadoff homer in each of his first two games batting leadoff. … Taillon is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts vs. the Cubs.

Next up

Monday, 7:40 p.m.: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54) vs. Brewers RHP Matt Garza (3-2, 4.17)

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