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LHP Jeff Locke will start Sunday's series finale in Cincinnati. Locke was scratched from his last scheduled start due to lower back tightness, which also caused him to be unavailable to pitch in the All-Star Game. The Pirates were thankful the injury wasn't more serious. Locke is 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 18 starts this season.

RHP A.J. Burnett is making his 17th start this season, and third since coming off the disabled list with a right calf strain. He's 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 13 career starts against Cincinnati. He last faced the Reds on April 12 at PNC Park, receiving a no-decision after allowing three earned runs in six innings in a 6-5 Pirates' win.

1B Garrett Jones had a rather eventful start to the second half. In Friday night's loss to Cincinnati, Jones went 2-for-3 with his 19th double for his 14th multi-hit game this season. He also committed his sixth error of the season in the seventh inning, snapping the Pirates' 41-inning errorless streak.

LHP Francisco Liriano started Friday's series opener in Cincinnati, but that doesn't mean he leapfrogged A.J. Burnett into the top spot in the rotation. Manager Clint Hurdle said prior to Friday's game that Liriano got the nod due to a nine-day layoff since he last pitched. On Friday, Liriano struggled with his command, allowing five earned runs and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

2B Neil Walker made his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in five innings played. Walker is expected to play seven innings Saturday, and nine Sunday. Walker's been on the disabled list since July 9 with right side soreness. He will be reevaluated Sunday and could rejoin the Pirates when they begin a four-game series Monday in Washington.

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