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Pirates (26-33) vs. Miami Marlins (25-33)

Site: PNC Park

Thursday: RHP Gerrit Cole (3-5, 4.27) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (2-7, 3.79), 7:05 p.m.

Friday: RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-5, 6.97) vs. RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.59), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.57) vs. RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.59), 4:05 p.m.

Sunday: RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.04) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (0-1, 3.48), 1:35 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, 5 ½ games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, and have lost five of their last seven games. … The Marlins are in fourth place in the NL East, 12 ½ games behind the first-place Washington Nationals, and have won eight of their last 11 games. … The Pirates won two of three games against the Marlins from April 28-30 at Miami. That came after the Marlins won last season’s series 6-1. … Pirates SS Jordy Mercer has a seven-game hitting streak in which he is 11-for-30 (.367) with two doubles, a home run, two walks and five strikeouts. … Marlins LF Marcell Ozuna is 20-for-50 (.400) in his last 12 games with two doubles, four home runs, two walks and eight strikeouts. … Cole is 2-2 against the Marlins in his career while Williams is 0-1, Nova is 1-0 and Glasnow has never faced them. Williams was the Marlins’ second-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft from Arizona State … Volquez is 3-0 against the Pirates while Worley is 1-0, Straily is 3-3 and Locke has never faced them. Volquez, Worley and Locke are all former Pirates.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s been a little bit of an undesirable go here the last three times,” — Cole, who is 1-1 with 9.82 ERA in his last three starts, pitching a total of 14 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT: The Pirates continue their nine-game homestand with three games against both the Colorado Rockies from Monday-Wednesday and Chicago Cubs from June 16-18.

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