Friday, June 24, 2016

Taillon tasked with cooling off red-hot Dodgers

Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon will make the fourth start of his MLB career as the Dodgers ride a six-game win streak to PNC Park on Friday.
Taillon has mostly held his own in his first big league campaign with a 3.50 ERA, but he's coming off his roughest start so far against the Cubs. The 24-year-old allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings against a Cubs lineup that is second in the Majors in on-base percentage at .349.
The Dodgers will promote Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Friday. The right-hander started for the Rangers in 2013 and '14, going 9-17 with a 4.56 ERA in those two seasons.
Tepesch did not play in 2015 due to elbow issues. In 2016, he spent time at Texas' Triple-A Round Rock before opting out and joining the Dodgers at its Triple-A team. In his combined Minor League stats, Tepesch went 7-2 with a 3.66 ERA, and he would take the place of Mike Bolsinger, who was optioned Sunday.
Things to know about this game
• Corey Seager has five extra-base hits in his past five games and is on a seven-game hitting streak. Seager's home run in Wednesday's game also gave the team its 13th straight game with a homer, its longest streak since July 2001.
• Chase Utley's career .255/.336/.343 line at PNC Park marks his second-lowest in a National League stadium, behind only Marlins Park.
• The Pirates may bring back right-hander Juan Nicasio from the restricted list by Friday. Nicasio is expected to rejoin the team this weekend, though it's unclear what role he will play upon his return. Nicasio struggled in the rotation, going 5-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 12 starts, before leaving the team and heading home to his native Dominican Republic.
"All those conversations will be had with him upon his arrival," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think we're pretty set on a course of action. We'll wait until Juan gets here and share that with him first."

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