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Pirates vs. Astros: Starling Marte Will Make Debut In Left Field, Fill Leadoff Spot

Highly-touted Pirates prospect Starling Marte will officially make his long-awaited Major League debut against the Astros on Thursday night in Houston. The Pirates list him leading off in the lineup and playing left field. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Michael Sanserino tweets that Marte has chosen No. 6 as his uniform number.

Before his call-up, the 23-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was hitting .286 with 12 home runs, 62 RBIs and an .847 OPS for the Indianapolis Indians, the Bucs' Triple-A affiliate. Last season a Double-A Altoona, he hit .332 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and and .870 OPS.

Here are some photos of Marte getting ready for Thursday's game, via the team's official Twitter account.

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Meeting the media before the game...

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Taking batting practice at Minute Maid Park.

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