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Pirates Vs. Giants: San Francisco Home Opener Will Feature Matt Cain, James McDonald

The Pirates' offense needs to get it going, but it shouldn't be easy to do so against Matt Cain.

Apr. 8, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain throws in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Apr. 8, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain throws in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

James McDonald and Matt Cain square off as the Pirates visit San Francisco for the Giants' home opener Friday afternoon at 4:35 Eastern.

The Bucs' offense has been horrible so far, but matchups later in the series against Barry Zito and perhaps also former Pirate Ryan Vogelsong might provide the Pirates with some opportunities. Cain, however, is a good pitcher in his prime, and is the recent recipient of the largest contract ever given to a right-handed pitcher.

In addition to McDonald, also starting for the Pirates this series will be Charlie Morton (Saturday at 9:05 p.m.) and Kevin Correia (Sunday at 4:05 p.m.). They'll need to bring their best games unless the Pirates' offense can perk up.

Friday's game will also feature the San Francisco return of catcher Buster Posey, a fan favorite who missed most of last season.

Be sure to check out Bucs Dugout, which currently features a podcast with Giants blogger Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.