Preview of Thursday's Pirates-Reds game
Pirates beat reporter Karen Price's inside look at Thursday's game:
• This will be Tony Cingrani's first career start against the Pirates. According to Elias, Cingrani is the first pitcher in MLB history to begin his career with 22 starts without allowing more than five hits in any of those appearances. In 21⁄3 career relief innings against the Pirates, Cingrani has allowed one hit (double, Pedro Alvarez) and no runs.
• Thursday's game will be just the second time this season the Pirates have faced a left-handed starter (the first was Chicago's Travis Wood on April 10, a 5-4 win). Every other team in the majors has had at least three games against lefties. The Pirates expect to face their third lefty of the year Saturday against St. Louis' Tyler Lyons.
Heading into Wednesday's game, the Pirates and Reds had combined for 21 one-run games this season. The Pirates were 7-4 overall and 4-3 in one-run games at PNC Park, and the Reds led the majors with seven one-run losses.
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