Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Pirates

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SCOUTING REPORT * The Pirates have won five of six from the Cardinals this season, including all three in the first week of the season at PNC Park, outscoring the Cardinals 33-20 overall. ... Lefthander Francisco Liriano, who will pitch Saturday, already has beaten the Cardinals twice this season, giving up two runs in 13 innings, and owns a 7-2 lifetime mark and 2.41 earned-run average against them.

Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha, who will pitch Friday, hasn't won in his last eight outings, losing six of them. Wacha will oppose Gerrit Cole, who beat him 10-5 in St. Louis on May 8, with Wacha giving up four runs in six innings and Cole two in six.

Before Thursday's games, Pirates closer Mark Melancon and the Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal were tied at 103 saves since the start of the 2014 season, tops in the majors. …

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