BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 13: Starting pitcher Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 13, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Tigers: Detroit Avoids Sweep In Pittsburgh, Wins 3-2 Against Bucs

The Pittsburgh Pirates (38-32) host the Detroit Tigers (34-37) on Sunday at PNC Park, with the Pirates looking for a fourth straight win and an interleague series sweep of Detroit with a victory.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Final Score: Bucs Lose 3-2 Against Detroit

The Pirates weren't able to sweep the Detroit Tigers at home this weekend, as the Bucs fell 3-2 in Sunday's series finale. Pittsburgh fell behind early, but made a decent rally behind Garrett Jones' two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Delmon Young scored Quintin Berry, who put the Tigers up in the first inning with two-run blast, for the game-winning run. Jason Verlander was marvelous for the Tigers, going the distance having given up five hits, two earned runs with seven strikeouts to add to his cred.

Kevin Correia pitched through six innings before Chris Resop and Juan Cruz pitched in relief. Resop gave up the game-winning run, so he was charged with the loss.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Score Update: Bucs Trail 2-0

The Pirates fell behind the Tigers 2-0 after the first inning on Sunday, this since defeating Detroit in the previous two games of this interleague series. Quintin Berry's two-run homer in the first inning that gave the Tigers their advantage, and the Bucs have not since threatened.

Pittsburgh does have a pair of hits on the game, facing Tigers' ace Justin Verlander, who has a pair of strikeouts on the day. Alex Presley and Michael McKenry have the Pirates's two hits.

Even with a loss, Pittsburgh still will have won this series after having defeated the Detroit on Friday and Saturday, but the sweep is still within reach if the Pirates' bats are able to touch Verlander.

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Pirates Claim Drew Sutton, Promote Bryan Morris

The Pirates made a series of roster moves right before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, claiming infielder Drew Sutton off waivers, demoting infielder Jordy Mercer, recalling reliever Bryan Morris, and placing Charlie Morton on the 60-day DL.

You may recall that the Pirates acquired Sutton a month ago, then almost immediately traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays, who had a spot open for him in the big leagues. That created a minor brouhaha in the Pittsburgh media, given the fact that the Pirates’ offense at the time was ferociously awful. But Sutton is just a journeyman and wasn’t worth the freakout, and now the Pirates have him back anyway. Don’t expect him to play that much. He replaced Mercer, who almost never saw the light of day.

Morris pitched well in Indianapolis and deserves a shot, but he might not get much of one — with Jeff Karstens scheduled to return soon from the disabled list, Morris’ stay in the big leagues might be short. He’s available Sunday against the Tigers; Sutton is not.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates Lineups: Neil Walker Sits Against Justin Verlander

Here are lineups for the Tigers and Pirates as Justin Verlander takes on Kevin Correia at 1:35 Sunday.

1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Quintin Berry RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Alex Avila C
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Ryan Raburn 2B
9. Justin Verlander P

1. Alex Presley LF
2. Josh Harrison 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Casey McGehee 1B
5. Pedro Alvarez 3B
6. Garrett Jones RF
7. Clint Barmes SS
8. Michael McKenry C
9. Kevin Correia P

The Pirates are without Rod Barajas (who usually sits out on Sundays) and Neil Walker, which just makes facing Verlander that much more difficult. The Pirates already took the first two games of the series, and if they can’t manage the sweep Sunday afternoon, I can live with that, because this pitching matchup is brutal for them.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates: Kevin Correia, Pittsburgh Look To Sweep Detroit On Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates (38-32) host the Detroit Tigers (34-37) on Sunday at PNC Park, with the Pirates looking for a fourth straight win and an interleague series sweep of Detroit with a victory. Pittsburgh has won the first two games of the weekend series by identical 4-1 scores. The Pirates are 6-1 in their last seven games, outscoring opponents 43-14 in that span.

Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.12) will take the mound for the Pirates on Sunday. Correia is coming off his first home win of the season on Tuesday after pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander is, however, a ghastly 0-10 with a 7.27 ERA in 14 home starts against National League opponents since becoming a Pirate last season.

Pittsburgh will have to defeat Justin Verlander (7-4, 2.57 ERA) to earn the sweep, no easy task. Detroit's ace dominates interleague play, amassing a 18-2 record with a 2.67 ERA in 24 career interleague starts. In his last eight matchups against the N.L., Verlander has been otherworldly, going 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

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Pirates, Mets Tied For Final N.L. Wild Card Spot

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Detroit Tigers, 4-1 at PNC Park. It marked Pittsburgh's third straight win. And then the New York Mets stumbled in their Subway Series contest against the New York Yankees by a score of 4-3. As a result, the team's are now tied for the second and last N.L. Wild Card spot, just behind the San Francisco Giants.

And sure, it might only be late June, but here's a look at the wild card standings as of 11 p.m. EST. The Giants currently lead their Bay Area rivals, the Oakland Athletics, 9-4 in the ninth inning.

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Photo via Pittsburgh Sports Report's James Santelli.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers: Pittsburgh Slides Past Detroit 3-1 For Third Straight Win

On Saturday at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates (38-32) grabbed their sixth win in their last seven games, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in the second game of the teams' weekend interleague series. It was also their 12th win in their last 14 home games.

Perhaps credit starter Brad Lincoln for that. The right-hander struck out seven batters over six innings and allowed just one run, leaving the game with the Pirates leading 3-0. Those three runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Andrew McCutchen drilled a three-run home run to center field. And as a result, never trailed. Closer Joel Hanrahan would record the save, his 19th of the season.

The series finale is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. EST.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates: Max Scherzer To Pitch Despite Brother Alex's Recent Suicide

Max Scherzer will pitch for the Detroit Tigers against the Pirates Saturday afternoon even though his younger brother Alex Scherzer took his own life earlier this week.

Max Scherzer will pitch today for the Tigers despite having lost his brother, Alex, 3 days ago. His courage is as immense as this tragedy.

Via Scott Miller of CBS:

Prayers for Max Scherzer & his family. Scherzer pitching for #Tigers today at #Pirates after brother committed suicide. Can’t even imagine.

I’m a Pirates fan, but even I will find it hard not to root for Scherzer on a day like this. Not that anything he does will bring his brother back, obviously. I wish the Scherzer family the best.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates: Pittsburgh Looks For Revenge Against Detroit's Max Scherzer

The Pittsburgh Pirates (37-32) will be looking to win for the 12th time in their last 14 home games when they host the Detroit Tigers (34-36) on Saturday, but to do so they will need to muster some offense against a pitcher who dominated the Pirates bats just a month ago.

Young fireballer Max Scherzer (6-4, 5.17 ERA) struck out a whopping 15 Pittsburgh batters in a May contest in Detroit. Scherzer currently leads the American League in strikeouts per nine innings (11.49). He is, however, just 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will send Brad Lincoln (3-2, 3.82 ERA) to the hill on Saturday. Lincoln is in danger of quickly losing his already-tenuous rotation spot after going 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA in three starts since replacing an injured Charlie Morton in the Pittsburgh rotation. Lincoln did not even escape the fourth inning in his start last Sunday at Cleveland.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates: A.J. Burnett, Bucs Come Up Big In 4-1 Win

A.J. Burnett pitched six scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 4-1 Friday night.

In my series preview, I wrote that the Bucs’ series against the Tigers would be a very tough one, due to the pitching matchups. Burnett did his part to make sure the Pirates took the most winnable game of the series, allowing just two hits while striking out four and walking three.

The Bucs got two runs in the first. Alex Presley led off with a double and Neil Walker singled him in, then came home himself on Garrett Jones’ double play. They got two more in the second when Pedro Alvarez and Rod Barajas singled and the Tigers made two errors on a ball hit by Burnett.

The Tigers scored a run after Jhonny Peralta and Ramon Santiago hit back-to-back doubles off Jared Hughes in the seventh, but Tony Watson got a big strikeout with men on first and third to end the rally. Joel Hanrahan picked up the save.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Game 1 Lineups: Clint Barmes Back At Shortstop For Pittsburgh

Interleague play is back as the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set. The Pirates are starting A.J. Burnett who will be matched by Doug Fister for the Tigers, and with this being played at a National League park it will require Fister to take the mound against Burnett.

The Pirates lineup has only one change from Thursday's game as Clint Barnes gets the start at shortstop instead of Josh Harrison, who started on Thursday.

The Tigers did have changes of their own by sitting designated hitter Brennan Boesch Friday night. Other changes are having Delmon Young back in the lineup at left field after only being a pinch-hitter in Thursday's game, and so is shortstop Jhonny Peralta who will be batting seventh.

Pirates lineup:

1. Alex Presley LF
2. Neil Walker 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Garrett Jones RF
5. Casey McGehee 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez 3B
7. Rod Barajas C
8. Clint Barmes SS
9. A.J. Burnett P

Tigers lineup:

1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Quintin Berry RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Alex Avila C
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Ramon Santiago 2B
9. Doug Fister P

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Tigers Vs. Pirates: Bucs Face Much Tougher Pitching Matchups Against Detroit

On Sunday, the Pirates will have to face Justin Verlander yet again.

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