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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:36 p.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel'sinside look at Thursday's game:

• After struggling in 11 games as a starter, Reds LHP Tony Cingrani last weekend was moved to the bullpen. On Sunday, he made his first relief outing since June 28, 2013, and tossed two scoreless innings vs. the Brewers. Cingrani went 2-7 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP as a starter. He likely will be used mostly as a long reliever, but manager Bryan Price said he'd be willing to turn use him in a close, late-inning situation.

• Joey Votto's bases-loaded walk Sunday in the Reds' 13-4 win over the Brewers was his 600th career walk and came in his 935th game. Since 1900, the only other players who drew at least 600 walks with a career batting average as high as Votto's .312 mark through their first 935 games are Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas and Mickey Mantle.

The Buzz

Although Pedro Alvarez has made 17 errors, more than any other third baseman in the majors, Pirates management is not considering moving him to first base. Three reasons: 1. Alvarez has remained firm in his desire to play third. 2. Making a position switch can be an iffy proposition, especially in the middle of a season. 3. The Pirates want to see what they have in Ike Davis.

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