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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano clamped down on the Mets on Sunday, going six innings and allowing one earned run while striking out 12. It was the sixth time in nine starts that Liriano recorded seven or more strikeouts.

James Shields, RHP
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Shields is the first Padres starter to begin a season with a 6-0 record since Andy Hawkins did so in 1985. He leads the NL in strikeouts (82) and has induced the most swing-and-misses (157) in the league this season, second in the big leagues.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Charlie Morton, RHP
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Morton's return to action went about as well as the Pirates could have hoped for, as he induced 16 groundouts and held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings Monday. He is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two starts at Petco Park.

Tyson Ross, RHP
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Ross allowed a season-high 10 hits his last time out, vs. the Angels, but just one walk. It's the first time this season he's walked one batter or fewer in a game. That's a good sign. Last season, Ross had one or fewer walked in 11 starts.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Jeff Locke, LHP
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Locke has thrown 10 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, most recently shutting out the Marlins over 5 2/3 frames Tuesday. The lefty has only faced the Padres once, giving up four runs in five innings in a loss two years ago.

Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP
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Despaigne had his best outing of the season the last time out against the Angels, striking out six over six scoreless innings. He's been very good pitching at Petco Park, posting a career 2.91 ERA with opponents hitting .207 against him.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole tossed seven efficient innings against Miami on Wednesday, allowing two runs on a pair of homers. Eight of Cole's 10 outings have been quality starts, and he has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a game.

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
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Vogelsong has not faced his former teammates since Aug. 25, 2013, when he blanked Pittsburgh for eight innings on two hits. Since his 2011 return to the Giants, Vogelsong is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts against the Pirates.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
A.J. Burnett, RHP
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Burnett was 5-0 in his six May starts with a 1.84 ERA and 39 strikeouts with only 13 walks. It's the second time in his career he's had a 5-0 month. The other was July 2012 in his first tour with Pittsburgh.

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