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Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:51 p.m.


Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik's inside look at Wednesday's game:

• While Liriano's only win against the Reds last season came in a dominant performance in the wild-card game, he held the Reds to 17 hits in 24 regular season innings, which included 28 strikeouts. The lefty-heavy Reds struggled with Liriano's slider. While the Reds are not quite as left-handed after the departure of Shin-Soo Choo — the Reds started six right-handers and a switch-hitter Monday — the Reds' top threats remain lefties in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.

• The last time the Pirates faced Cueto he literally dropped the ball to chants of “Cue-to, Cue-to” in the wild-card play-in game last October. Still, Cueto has had plenty of success against the Pirates, holding current Pirates to a .189 average over 148 at-bats. Cueto's fastball is averaging 93.5 mph.



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