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Previewing Wednesday's Pirates-Brewers game

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:21 p.m.
 

X-factors

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

• Francisco Liriano said he is back to 100 percent health after a groin strain from spring training lingered throughout the first month of the season. Liriano hit 95 mph for the first time this season in his last start against the Cardinals. Liriano has struggled mightily with Carlos Gomez in his career. In 18 at bats against Liriano, Gomez has a .500 average and two home runs.

• The Pirates don't have much experience with Brewers starter Wily Peralta, posting a collective .200 average in 40 combined at-bats. Peralta doesn't have dominant strikeout numbers, but he has a dominant pitch in a 95 mph two-seam fastball. Peralta has cut his walk rate in half this season.

The Buzz

Pirates catcher Russell Martin was seen running in the Miller Park outfield prior to Tuesday's game. While there is no clear timetable for Martin's return, the veteran appears have cleared all physical benchmarks to date. At catcher, Chris Stewart got the start over Tony Sanchez on Tuesday because Clint Hurdle said he liked the matchup.

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