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Hurdle: Sunday's starter against Reds yet to be determined

| Thursday, April 14, 2011

• Manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that Charlie Morton will start Friday's series opener at Cincinnati and James McDonald will start Saturday, but Sunday's starter has yet to be determined. Before Tuesday's rainout, Hurdle said that Jeff Karstens would take Ross Ohlendorf's spot in the rotation while Ohlendorf is out with a strained shoulder. Karstens, who has been in the Pirates bullpen, will be available for a relief role throughout the rest of this series.

• In other bullpen news, Hurdle said that left-hander Joe Beimel will get two days rest after throwing back-to-back games with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and Tuesday, and if he feels good again today they'll consider him possibly joining the Pirates. Beimel has thrown two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. He went through his "throwing maintenance" program yesterday to make sure there's no specific soreness and can throw without pain or discomfort.

• Tuesday's rainout will be made up Aug. 22 as part of a twi-night double-header. Game 1 will begin at 5:05 p.m., followed by what was to be the first of a three-game homestand against the Brewers. Fans with tickets to Tuesday's game may exchange them for any remaining Sunday through Thursday home game, excluding June 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies and June 26 against the Boston Red Sox. For more details, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS or visit pirates.com/raincheck .

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Scouting report

Pirates vs. Brewers

7:05 p.m., PNC Park

TV/radio: ROOT SPORTS/WPGB-FM (105.9) and the Pirates Radio Network, XM 185

Probable starters: LHP Randy Wolf (0-2, 7.20 ERA) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-1, 2.19 ERA)

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