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    While very few would have predicted the Pittsburgh Pirates would be hovering around the top of the NL Central at this point in the year, Kevin Correia's early season efforts were also surprising.

    The All-Star right-hander, however, hasn't been nearly as successful of late.

    Looking to bounce back from his shortest start of the year, Correia takes the mound for the visiting Pirates as they close a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Sunday.

    Pittsburgh (48-44) was 8-2 against the Astros -- including a three-game road sweep June 14-16 and Friday's 4-0 win -- before falling out of first place in the division with Saturday's 6-4 defeat.

    The Pirates, who slipped one game behind St. Louis and a half-game back of Milwaukee, led 4-3 before a three-run eighth inning gave the MLB-worst Astros (31-63) their third win in 18 games.

    "With the way things are going, sometimes just being aggressive and taking a shot and seeing what happens (works) and it happened to work out for us," said Hunter Pence, who scored the game-tying run after stealing third base.

    Houston now looks for its momentum to carry over against the slumping Correia (11-7, 4.01 ERA).

    Correia, who was 8-4 with a 3.40 ERA on June 1, dropped to 3-3 with a 5.18 ERA over his last seven starts after yielding five runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on July 9.

    "I kind of let my mechanics get more sloppy," he told the Pirates' official website. "That's something I usually work on, and when you're going well it's hard to talk yourself into making changes. I was getting results."

    Manager Clint Hurdle believes the All-Star break may help Correia recapture the form that led to his impressive start.

    "He's carried his bag all through this first half," Hurdle said. "He's pitched his innings. I think the time away will be good for him to catch his breath."

    Despite his recent struggles, the nine-year veteran is still on the cusp of matching his career high in wins thanks largely to his performance on the road, where he's gone a major league-best 9-2 with a 2.71 ERA.

    Correia has no record with a 3.55 ERA over two career starts at Minute Maid Park but hasn't pitched there since 2009.

    Houston counters with Wandy Rodriguez (6-6, 3.52), who has also experienced some recent difficulties. The left-hander has allowed five runs three times in his last four starts, including a 5-1 defeat July 5 at Pittsburgh.

    Prior to that outing, Rodriguez had compiled a 1.19 ERA and struck out 32 en route to winning four straight starts spanning 30 1/3 innings in this series. He is 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA over six career home meetings with the Pirates.

    Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones can't be too excited about having to face Rodriguez. McCutchen is 2 for 14 against the Dominican Republic native while Jones, mired in a 1-for-17 slump over his last six games, is 1 for 10.

    In contrast, Neil Walker is 3 for 8 with a long ball against Rodriguez. Walker, who went 4 for 5 with a homer Saturday, has gone 19 for 42 (.452) during a 10-game hitting streak overall and 24 for 55 (.436) over a 15-game run versus the Astros.

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    Default Re: Game 93 : Pirates @ Astros : 07.17.11

    Directv is running a "free preview" of it's "MLB Extra Innings" package thru July 25th, so the game is free on channel 733....

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    Default Re: Game 93 : Pirates @ Astros : 07.17.11

    Starting Pitchers

    Pittsburgh: Correia (11-7, 4.01 ERA)
    Houston: Rodriguez (6-6, 3.52 ERA)

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    Pitching Matchup

    Kevin Correia: 11-7, 4.01 ERA
    Last appearance:
    7/09 vs CHC
    3.2 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Wandy Rodriguez: 6-6, 3.52 ERA
    Last appearance:
    7/10 at FLA
    5.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

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    Default Re: Game 93 : Pirates @ Astros : 07.17.11

    Wood is getting another start at 3rd. Diaz is starting in right and Fryer is behind the dish.

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    Default Re: Game 93 : Pirates @ Astros : 07.17.11

    Gameday Lineups

    NO. |Pittsburgh| Houston
    1. | A. Presley, LF | M. Bourn, CF
    2. | C. D'Arnaud, SS | C. Barmes, SS
    3. | N. Walker, 2B | J. Keppinger, 2B
    4. | A. McCutchen, CF | H. Pence, RF
    5. | M. Diaz, RF | C. Lee, LF
    6. | L. Overbay, 1B | C. Johnson, 3B
    7. |B. Wood, 3B | B. Wallace, 1B
    8. | E. Fryer, C | C. Corporan, C
    9. | K. Correia, P | W. Rodriguez, P

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    Injury Report
    Pittsburgh

    * Ronny Cedeno SS - Jul 17: 7-Day DL
    * Ryan Doumit C - Jul 17: 15-Day DL
    * Jose Tabata LF - Jul 16: 15-Day DL
    * Jason Jaramillo C - Jul 16: Day-To-Day
    * Ross Ohlendorf SP - Jul 15: 60-Day DL

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    Research Notes

    Andrew McCutchen is hitting .330 against lefties this season but is just 2 for 14 (.143) in his career against Wandy Rodriguez.

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    Cedeno is starting a rehab assignment at Indy today,both him and Steve Pearce could possibably rejoin the Bucs this weekend.

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    2011 PITTSBURGH REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS

    RUNS
    362, 23rd Overall

    BATTING AVERAGE
    .247, 22nd Overall

    ON BASE PERCENTAGE
    .314, 22nd Overall

    SLUGGING PCT
    .365, 25th Overall

    ERA
    3.42, 8th Overall

    QUALITY STARTS
    52, 15th Overall

    WHIP
    1.32, 18th Overall

    BAA
    .256, 17th Overall

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    2011 REGULAR SEASON TEAM LEADERS

    BA| A. McCutchen| .286
    HR |A. McCutchen |14
    RBI| N. Walker| 62
    R |A. McCutchen| 54
    OPS| A. McCutchen| .885
    W| K. Correia| 11
    SO |P. Maholm| 78
    SV |J. Hanrahan| 26
    WHIP| J. Karstens| 1.03

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    Default Re: Game 93 : Pirates @ Astros : 07.17.11

    ****.... Kipper, if you're reading this from the open highway somewhere, I REALLY miss the "table tag"...

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    Kevin Correia leads the Majors with 9 road wins.

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