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Game 45: Marlins at Pirates

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Game two of three versus Miami.
Probables: Jose Urena (0-0, 9.00) vs. Jeff Locke (2-2, 5.28)
"By John McGonigal / | + 16 COMMENTS
Marlins prospect Jose Urena will make his first Major League start Tuesday night at PNC Park against left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pirates.
While it will be his first start, this is the second callup for Urena. He made two relief appearances for Miami in April.
Urena, rated the Marlins' No. 2 prospect by, has dominated this season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he's posted a 4-0 record with a 1.21 ERA.
Miami manager Dan Jennings said Urena has a chance to showcase his talent while the Marlins' rotation is injury stricken with three starters on the disabled list.
"He's definitely capable of pitching up here," Jennings said. "It's his opportunity right now to step up and give us a much-needed boost."
Meanwhile, Locke kicked off this strong run of Pirates pitching, in a way, during his last outing. After allowing three first-inning runs, Locke bounced back and finished his start with five scoreless innings in Wednesday's loss to the Twins at PNC Park. Locke has enjoyed some success against the Marlins, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts last year.
Three things to know about this game:
• Giancarlo Stanton is always worth watching, but keep an eye on his at-bats Tuesday. Stanton is 6-for-12 with two homers, a double and two walks in 14 plate appearances against Locke. Martin Prado and Christian Yelich have also gone deep against Locke.
• Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may have found a lineup he likes. The Pirates ran out Josh Harrison in the leadoff spot, Gregory Polanco second and Neil Walker fifth in Monday's series opener. Writing out the lineup has often been a balancing act for Hurdle, given the Pirates' streaks and slumps. But before Monday's game, Hurdle scanned his lineup card and said, "I kind of like the way this looks right here."
• In save situations, Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been as reliable as they come. The 30-year-old tallied his 60th save with Pittsburgh on Monday night, tying him with Stan Belinda for eighth on the club's all-time saves list. Melancon is now 11-of-12 in save opportunities this season, and since his lone blown save of the year on April 21, he has allowed just one run in 14 appearances.
John McGonigal is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."

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