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Reds Vs. Pirates Lineups: Pedro Alvarez In Cleanup Spot

Here are the lineups for the Reds vs. Pirates matchup Saturday night at 7:05.

Reds:

Zack Cozart SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Scott Rolen 3B
Ryan Ludwick LF
Devin Mesoraco C
Mike Leake P

Pirates:

Jose Tabata LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Casey McGehee 1B
Garrett Jones RF
Clint Barmes SS
Rod Barajas C
James McDonald P

That’s a great lineup for the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen, who had missed time with a stomach virus, is back in the No. 3 spot. Pedro Alvarez, after hitting like crazy for the past couple weeks, is at cleanup. Alex Presley, who is off to a poor start to the season, gets the night off. Alvarez’s turnaround, or hot streak, or whatever you’d like to call it, has been nothing short of remarkable; a few weeks ago, it would have been unfathomable that Alvarez would be in the cleanup spot this soon.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there’s Red Reporter.

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