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Cincinnati Reds
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
PNC Park

Bronson Arroyo vs Zach Duke

Mostly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 70.

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2009 - Bronson Arroyo 3-1 6.48 1.56 14 9

2009 - Zach Duke 3-1 2.43 1.11 16 6

After a 2-4 homestand and a much needed day off, the Reds are back in action in Pittsburgh. The bad news? In their first series against the Pirates last season, the Reds got swept. Let's hope they can get off to a good start this time around, especially with RRs in attendance for the latter two games!

Bronson Arroyo is tonight's starter for the Redlegs. His last start, you may remember, didn't go so well, but he'll try to bounce back and pitch like his first three starts, which all resulted in Reds wins. Also, since this is a prime-time night game on the road rather than a day game at home, he's probably not hung over.

Zach Duke goes for the Pirates, and is quietly putting together a pretty nice season. In his last start, he went 8 1/3 innings and gave up only one run.

The lineup trying to get to Duke tonight is a decent one. Adam Rosales continues his hot hitting at 3B, batting sixth tonight, and with a lefty on the mound, Chris Dickerson sits out again with Jerry Hairston Jr. starting in LF. Arroyo's personal catcher, Ryan Hanigan, is starting tonight as usual, and his .866 OPS so far this season (tied for 4th on the team behind Votto, Nix, and Bruce) will be a much needed punch to the lineup. What was rumored to be Arroyo's personal shortstop, Paul Janish, is also on the bench yet again, while Alex Gonzalez continues to try to get on track this season, as he's hit in 6 of his last 7.

The game is on FSN Ohio and WLW, and you can find the Gameday link here. Go Reds!