Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Pirates at Cardinals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Pirates at Cardinals

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SCOUTING REPORT * Pirates third baseman David Freese returns as an opponent for the first time since he was traded to the Angels after the 2013 season. Freese has hit .287 with 21 homers in 235 games at Busch Stadium, not counting his memorable homer to win Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. He will be the second Lafayette High product to return here this week, with Philadelphia's Ryan Howard just having departed.

Counting the Cardinals' division series win over Pittsburgh in 2013, the teams are 33-33 over the last four seasons, which includes the Pirates' sweep of the Cardinals in the season-opening series in Pittsburgh. ... Before Thursday's games, the Pirates led the majors in batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.366) and left-on base (239).

Third baseman Jung Ho Kang, recovering from left knee surgery, went six for 40 in his first 13 games on a minor league rehabilitation program at Class AAA Indianapolis. …

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