The Pittsburgh Pirates (2-9) are home at PNC Park to take on the Minnesota Twins (9-2) for two games, starting tonight at 7:05 PM. The two teams just completed a two-game series in Minnesota, with the Twins winning 7-3 yesterday. Trevor Williams will be on the mound tonight for his third start of the season. He has 5.40 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 8.1 innings. The Twins are countering with 25-year-old right-hander Randy Dobnak, who grew up in nearby (to Pittsburgh) South Park, PA. He has given up one run over nine innings in his two starts this season.
We had a transaction today with JT Riddle joining the team and Nick Burdi being placed on the 45-day IL, effectively ending his season. There’s also an update on Keona Kela. Details here.
Here are the lineups
We're back home & on PIT2 again tonight!
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2020
#Twins Lineup 08/05/20
1. Max Kepler RF
2. Jorge Polanco SS
3. Nelson Cruz DH
4. Eddie Rosario LF
5. Jake Cave CF
6. Luis Arraez 2B
7. Mitch Garver C
8. Marwin Gonzalez 1B
9. Ehire Adrianza 3B
Starting Pitcher : Randy Dobnak
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) August 5, 2020
Here are today’s history articles:
This Date – One trade of note and four players born on this date, including Nelson Briles.
1979 Recap – Pirates have an important doubleheader against the Phillies.
Card of the Day – 1948-49 Leaf Honus Wagner (reader submission)
Game Rewind – Pirates vs Reds, August 5, 1947 (73 years ago today)