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Karstens injures groin in rehab start

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--RHP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) was re-injured in what likely would have been his final rehabilitation start. A tight right groin forced him to exit Class AAA Indianapolis' game Thursday at Pawtucket, R.I., after 63 pitches. There was no immediate prognosis for this injury.

--RHP Joel Hanrahan had just his second blown save in 16 chances Thursday, allowing the Reds' Ryan Ludwick to homer off his first pitch in the ninth inning. That tied the game at 4-4. Hanrahan had converted 10 saves in a row and allowed only one run in that span, but his command has wavered of late.

--3B Pedro Alvarez was back in the lineup -- he went 1-for-4 -- after being given four days off to work on his approach after yet another long drought. His pinch-hit single Wednesday snapped an 0-for-18 streak. The difference now is that he'll be batting fifth after a month-plus at cleanup.

--1B-RF Garrett Jones will continue to see some cleanup duty. He's on an 11-for-32 bounce-back, with three home runs and seven RBI. The problem with Jones is that he just can't hit lefties -- he's hitless in his last 21 at-bats against them.

--RF Jose Tabata was back in the lineup after two games off. Although Tabata has talked about being slowed by a hamstring, manager Clint Hurdle said Tabata isn't hurt and there's no reason for him to go on the disabled list.

10 -- Home runs allowed by RHP Kevin Correia in his last seven starts, including two more Thursday in Cincinnati.

"This is probably as satisfying a win as I've had since I've been here." -- Manager Clint Hurdle, on the Pirates' rousing 5-4 victory Thursday night in Cincinnati

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