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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper takes batting practice. By Arturo Pardavila III | CC BY 2.0

Pirates (16-22) vs. Washington Nationals (24-13)

Site: PNC Park

Tuesday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.81) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 3.28), 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-4, 3.06) vs. Undecided, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 7.98) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.88), 12:35 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, six games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals, but have won back-to-back games following a six-game losing streak. The Nationals lead the NL East by 7 1/2 games over the New York Mets and have won three of their last four games. … The teams are meeting for the first time in 2017 after the Nationals won the season series 4-2 last year. The Nationals have won each of the last three season series, going 12-8. … Pirates 1B Josh Bell is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double, two home runs and three walks in his last three games. … Nationals RF Bryce Harper is 10-for-24 (.417) with two doubles, three home runs, three walks and five strikeouts in his last six games. … Cole is 2-1 against the Nationals in his career while Kuhl and Glasnow have no decisions. … Strasburg is 3-2 against the Pirates and Roark is 2-0.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We played 17 days in a row, went through a little rough stretch. To end on a little winning streak and go home into the off day, it’s a big win for us,” — Pirates closer Tony Watson after pitching two scoreless inning Sunday to get the win in a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 innings at Phoenix. The Pirates had their only off day of the month Monday.

UP NEXT: The Pirates continues their six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies from Friday-Sunday.

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