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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Colorado Sends Jeremy Guthrie To Mound Looking For Series Win

The Colorado Rockies received a disappointing performance by rookie pitcher Christian Friedrich on Tuesday night, but are still in position for a series win against the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colorado sends Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) to the mound in this afternoon showdown. The veteran righthander has had his share of struggles this season, but has a respectable 4.32 ERA in July since returning to the rotation.

The Pirates send young pitcher James McDonald (9-3, 2.59) looking to regain some momentum. Pittsburgh current;y finds themselves fighting for a playoff berth, and owe much of their success to success stories like McDonald who is enjoying a career best season. He struggled in his first post All Star Break start, an appearance against the Milwaukee Brewers that lasted less than five innings.

TV/RADIO: ROOT, 850 KOA

TIME: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 1:10pm MT

LOCATION: Coors Field, Denver, CO

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