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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Chad Kuhl, RHP
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Kuhl struck out a career-high seven in a 5 2/3-inning, two-run performance against the Brewers on Monday. In nine outings since May 31, Kuhl has posted a 3.47 ERA. The second-year righty has never pitched at Coors Field.

German Marquez, RHP
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Marquez pitched well in his last start vs. the Padres, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs and matching a career-high 9 strikeouts. He’s faced the Pirates already this year, earning the win after giving up 1 run in 5 innings on June 14.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Ivan Nova, RHP
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Nova allowed 10 hits but held the Brewers to three runs while striking out six in six innings Tuesday. His ERA has ticked up to 3.97 over his last 14 starts, but he is still averaging more than six innings per outing.

Kyle Freeland, LHP
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Freeland returns to the rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen to limit his innings. He nearly made Rockies history in his last start on July 9, coming up 2 outs short of the Rockies’ first no-hitter at Coors Field.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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After ending June on a sour note, Cole has been rock solid in July so far. He’s given up five earned runs in 19 innings this month, good for a 2.37 ERA, and he has struck out 22 batters against one walk.

Matt Cain, RHP
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Starting in place of Johnny Cueto for a second game, Cain squares off against the Padres for the third time this season. He struck out seven Pirates April 29, which remains his season high in 18 starts.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Jameson Taillon, RHP
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Taillon has dealt with some efficiency issues over his last few starts, needing more than 100 pitches in four of his last five outings. He’s only pitched into the seventh inning once during that span.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP
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Still looking for his first win of the season, Bumgarner takes the mound in his third game back from the disabled list. All seven of Bumgarner's runs allowed in 13 1/3 innings since returning have come on homers.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Trevor Williams, RHP
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Williams faced the Giants earlier this month, giving up two runs in six innings on July 2. The Pirates ended up losing that game and Williams was saddled with a no-decision, but may find similar luck in spacious AT&T Park.

Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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Samardzija picked up his fourth win of '17 earlier this month against the Pirates. He spun six innings of two-run ball while striking out five batters. Over his career, Pirates batters have hit .233 vs. the righty.

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