Pirates-Giants scouting report
Opponent: San Francisco Giants
Site: PNC Park
Manager: Felipe Alou
Record: 15-3, first place in NL West
Player to watch: Outfielder Barry Bonds is batting .286 with six homers and 11 RBI.
Probable starters: Tonight, RHP Jeff Suppan (3-0, 1.40 ERA) vs. RHP Jesse Foppert (0-0, 6.00), 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday, RHP Jeff D’Amico (1-2, 5.02 ERA) vs. LHP Kirk Rueter (2-0, 2.74), 7:05 p.m.; Thursday, RHP Kris Benson (2-2, 1.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Schmidt (2-0, 2.36), 12:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: The games tonight and Wednesday will be televised by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. All three games will be broadcast by KDKA-AM (1020).
Notes: The Pirates were 2-4 against the Giants last season. … The Giants’ 15-3 start matches their best start in franchise history. They also were 15-3 in 1938. Since 1900, they are one of only 10 teams in major-league history to win 15 of their first 18 games. … The Giants are 8-1 on the road. … Bonds hit his 619th career homer Sunday night against the Dodgers. … First baseman J.T. Snow has a league-leading 21 RBI and is batting .385. … Foppert will be making his first major-league start.
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