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Probable Pitchers

Philadelphia Phillies @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Vince Velasquez, RHP
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    Vince Velasquez, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Velasquez is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA (five earned runs in 24 innings) in four starts since he returned from the disabled list in June. His velocity jumped in Tuesday’s start against the Marlins, which he attributed to rest at the All-Star break.

Jameson Taillon, RHP
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In Taillon's last start, he held the Brewers to one run on five hits despite taking a line drive to the back of the head in the second inning. He stayed in the game to last six innings and has four quality starts since his debut.

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Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Felix Hernandez, RHP
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After missing nearly two months with a calf injury, Hernandez allowed five runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out two in a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano returned to form on Thursday, striking out 13 Brewers without a walk over 6 2/3 innings, one of his best starts of the season. A second-half surge from Liriano would be a huge boost for the inconsistent Pirates rotation.

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Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
James Paxton, LHP
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    James Paxton, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Paxton will look to build off one of his finest outings of the season, as the 27-year-old held the Blue Jays in check on Friday, allowing one earned run on three hits over seven innings while striking out nine in the Mariners' 2-1 win.

Gerrit Cole, RHP
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After an admittedly "frustrating" return from the DL in D.C., Cole found his footing Friday against the Phillies, allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven over six innings.

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