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Rockies Game #97 Preview: Blackmon returns to lineup, Morneau still out

Brett Anderson takes the mound looking for his first win of the season against the Pirates.

Justin Edmonds

All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon returns to his customary leadoff spot tonight as the Rockies look to even the series against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Nolan Arenado moves up in the order, batting second in front of the usual 3-4 tandem of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, with Corey Dickerson hitting fifth. Wilin Rosario and Charlie Culberson remain in the lineup in front of DJ LeMahieu and pitcher Brett Anderson.

Anderson will be making his fifth start of the season after missing three months with a broken finger, he has allowed 11 earned runs in 20 innings in his first four starts for a 4.95 ERA with eight walks and nine strikeouts. He will be looking for his first win of the season today.

The Pirates have made just one change to their lineup from last night, and like the Rockies, they return an All-Star with Josh Harrison playing left field and batting second in place of Starling Marte.

Righty Charlie Morton will make his 20th start of the season for Pittsburgh. So far in 2014, he has a 3.32 ERA in 119 1/3 innings, walking 42 and striking out 100. He does, however, lead the league with 16 hit batters.

First pitch is at 5:05 Mountain time.