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Pirates (18-23) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (14-24)

Site: PNC Park

Friday: RHP Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.41) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.71), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.48) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.63), 4:05 p.m.

Sunday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-4, 6.69) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 4.50), 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. … The Phillies are in fourth place in the NL East, 10 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals. … The Pirates have won four of their last five games following a six-game losing streak. … The Phillies are on a four-game losing streak and have dropped seven of their last eight games. … The teams are meeting for the first time in 2017 after the Pirates went 4-3 last year. The Pirates have taken each of the last five season series since 2012, winning 23 of 35 games. … Pirates LF Adam Frazier is 11-for-25 (.440) with two doubles and three strikeouts in his last five games. … Phillies 1B Tommy Joseph is 18-for-47 (.383) with six doubles, five home runs, seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 15 games in May. … Nova and Kuhl are both 1-0 against the Phillies in their careers while Williams has never faced them. … Hellickson is 2-1 against the Pirates in his career while Nola is 0-1 and Velasquez has no decision.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s a unique situation. Unique situations call for unique opportunities. I was ready to fall into that starting role if I needed to again,” — Williams on being moved to the rotation from the bullpen after right-hander Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer May 8.

UP NEXT: The Pirates go on a one-city road trip, playing a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves next Monday-Thursday.

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