Pirates open 2-game series against Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday to open a two-game series.

Pittsburgh went 61-101 overall and 37-44 in home games a season ago. The Pirates pitching staff collectively achieved a 5.08 ERA last season averaging 8.5 strikeouts and 3.9 walks per nine innings.

Chicago was 71-91 overall and 32-49 on the road last season. The Cubs averaged 7.7 hits per game last season and totaled 210 homers.

INJURIES: Pirates: Duane Underwood Jr.: IL 10 days (hamstring), Greg Allen: IL 60 days (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: IL 60 days (elbow), Luis Oviedo: IL 10 days (ankle), Anthony Alford: 10 day EV (wrist), Sam Howard: 10 day EV (back), Max Kranick: 10 day EV (forearm), Nick Mears: 60 day EV (elbow)

Cubs: Ian Happ: day to day (knee), Alec Mills: IL 10 days (back), Andrelton Simmons: IL 10 days (shoulder), Wade Miley: IL 10 days (elbow), Adbert Alzolay: IL 60 days ( shoulder), Codi Heuer: IL 60 days (elbow), Brad Wieck: IL 60 days (elbow), David Bote: IL 60 days (undisclosed)

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