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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

7:05 PM ET

Amir Garrett vs. Ivan Nova

The Reds go into tonight’s game with a chance to sweep the Pirates in Pittsburgh, but they’ll need another good performance from a rookie starter to get that done.

Amir Garrett toes the rubber for Cincinnati tonight, fresh off of his impressive big league debut. He allowed 6 scoreless innings in his first start against the Cardinals, and had excellent command that didn’t look like a guy making his major league debut.

He’ll face Ivan Nova, who has an identical 0.00 ERA through his first start. Nova gave up 1 unearned run against the Braves, and didn’t walk a batter in that outing.

The bullpen has been taxed pretty heavily over the last few days, but will get a little bit of help in Barrett Astin, who returns from Louisville with Rookie Davis being put on the 10-day DL with that banged up forearm.

Go Reds!