June 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (53) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
James McDonald will start the first of three games against Cleveland.
As Pittsburgh-Cleveland rivalries go, this one isn't exactly Steelers-Browns, what with the Pirates and Indians being in different leagues. And neither one of these teams is the Steelers -- they've both got winning records, but they've both scored fewer runs than they've allowed. But a three-game set against a Cleveland team is still a treat for Pittsburgh fans.
The Pirates' starter on Friday will be James McDonald, whose brilliant season was interrupted by a mediocre four-inning start in his last outing, against the Kansas City Royals. He'll face Justin Masterson, who's in the midst of a mediocre season. His last start against the Cardinals, however, was a strong one, as he struck out six batters and walked none in seven innings.