Pirates Vs. Tigers: Pittsburgh Kicks Off Interleague Play Against Detroit

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Garrett Jones #46 after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a season series win against the Washington Nationals, the Pirates kick off interleague play against the Tigers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, and most notably Andrew MCutchen, are coming off an impressive win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday, and on Friday they will be kicking off interleague play against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm and you can find the game on ROOT Sports.

Detroit is one of the most powerful teams in the American League with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder anchoring the middle of their lineup. Oh, and did I mention that Justin Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP award winner, will be starting for the Tigers tonight? This won't be anything like playing against the Nationals, unfortunately.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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