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Game 132: Pirates at Brewers

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Pittsburgh looks to salvage game three of the series in Milwaukee.
Probables: Francisco Liriano (9-6, 3.28) vs. Taylor Jungmann (8-5, 2.48)
"Crew to honor Aramis before finale vs. Bucs
By Adam McCalvy / | + 3 COMMENTS
Thursday's pregame festivities at Miller Park will include an on-field nod to Aramis Ramirez, the veteran third baseman poised to play his 315th and final game in Milwaukee when the Pirates and Brewers conclude a three-game series.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Craig Counsell will present Ramirez with a token of appreciation for a quality career. Ramirez, who announced in Spring Training his intent to retire later this year, played three-plus seasons for the Brewers before the team traded him back to the Pirates on July 23. It's the second stint in Pittsburgh for the National League Central lifer, who also played for the Cubs.
"It means they appreciate what I did here for three-plus years," Ramirez said. "We didn't reach our goal, but I gave them everything I had."
Ramirez is all but assured of making the postseason with the Pirates, who are in strong position to take the NL's top Wild Card spot. The Brewers, meanwhile, began a rebuilding phase when they sent Ramirez to the Pirates for a Minor League reliever, the first of Milwaukee's five trades in the span of a month.
"Young guys [are] getting the opportunity to prove themselves and become Major League players. Hopefully they take advantage of that," Ramirez said. "They made a lot of trades and usually when teams are in their position [in the standings], they do that. Nothing personal; that's just the way it is."
With the Pirates, Ramirez said, there is "something to play for, put it that way. Every time you drive in a run, you make a nice play in the field, you're contributing to a team that's fighting for a playoff spot."
Things to know about this game
• The Pirates should have an easier time winning in Milwaukee now that Ramirez is on their side: With the Brewers, Ramirez hit .337 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 26 games against the Bucs at Miller Park.
• Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano will start opposite Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann in a quality pitching matchup. Liriano is 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 17 starts since allowing a season-high seven runs on May 19 against the Twins, and he has won each of his last five decisions.
• Jungmann has held opponents to a .227 average in his 15 starts and is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two starts against Pittsburgh.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."

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