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Previewing Saturday's Pirates-Blue Jays game

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke stands on the mound during a game against the Yankees on Feb. 27, 2014 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke stands on the mound during a game against the Yankees on Feb. 27, 2014 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Getty Images - TORONTO, ON - APRIL 27: R.A. Dickey #43 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes the ball in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox during MLB action at the Rogers Centre April 27, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>TORONTO, ON - APRIL 27: R.A. Dickey #43 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes the ball in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox during MLB action at the Rogers Centre April 27, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

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Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:54 p.m.
 

• The Pirates will face the rarest of pitching species Saturday at PNC Park in Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey's knuckler hasn't been as dominant since he came over to Toronto in an offseason trade two winters ago from the Mets, but Dickey has still held the Pirates to a career average of .237 and surrendered just one home run to the Pirates in 114 combined at bats.

• Francisco Liriano is set to pitch after leaving his last start in St. Louis with flu-like symptoms. Liriano has struggled against the current Blue Jays hitters in his career, allowing a .356 average and .400 on-base mark. Liriano will meet tough right-handed hitters in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who has two homers in four career at bats against Liriano. Liriano is holding right-handed hitters to a .229 average this season, but he has allowed three home runs to right-handed hitters.

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