Pittsburgh Pirates Shuffle Pitching Rotation

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have been forced to make some changes to their starting rotation

On Thursday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play at 1:35 PM. Mother Nature, however, had other ideas as the game was rained out. This led to the game being postponed until April 13th.

As a result of the rainout, the Pittsburgh Pirates have shaken up their starting rotation for this weekend’s series. It has also led to some changes in the rotation for their series against the Cincinnati Reds next week.

One thing that has not changed is tomorrow home opener. Ivan Nova will still start this game for the Pirates. Saturday night’s game will now have a different starting pitcher, though.

Originally, Tyler Glasnow was scheduled to start this game. However, this is no longer the case. Chad Kuhl, who was scheduled to start today, will now make his 2017 season debut on Saturday night.

Just like Friday afternoon’s game, the plans for Sunday afternoon have not changed either. Gerrit Cole will still make his second start of the season on Sunday. He will look to bounce back from being sunk by an abysmal fifth inning during his start on Opening Day.

With his Saturday night start being pushed back, Tyler Glasnow will instead now back his season debut on Monday. This will be Glasnow’s first career start against National League Central Division rival the Cincinnati Reds. Hopefully, this will be the first of many strong starts against the Reds for Glasnow in his Major League career.

Jameson Taillon will pitch against the Reds on Tuesday, while Ivan Nova will follow in the series finale on Wednesday.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Atlanta Braves in their 2017 home opener at 1:35 PM on Friday afternoon. The Bucs will be looking for their first win of the 2017 season, after going 0-2 in Boston this week.