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Preview of Wednesday's Reds-Pirates game

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.


Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Wednesday's game:

• Alfredo Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his first three starts for Cincinnati and has not allowed more than one run or five hits in any of them. According to Elias, the only other Reds pitcher to do that was righty Wayne Simpson in 1970. That year, Simpson went 14-3 with a 3.02 ERA and also served up Hank Aaron's 3,000th career hit. Unlike Simpson, Simon is not a rookie. Simon made 99 outings, all in relief, over the past two seasons.

• Reds C Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, has gotten a hit in all 10 games in which he's played since coming off the disabled list April 8. It's the longest season-opening hitting streak by a Reds batter since Barry Larkin strung together 12 games in 1995.

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Pirates closer Jason Grilli will help unpack a truckload of donated American cheese product on Wednesday morning and dole out grilled cheese sandwiches at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.



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