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PIT@DET: Correia pitches six solid frames vs. Tigers

Kevin Correia has given up more than twice as many home runs as any other member of the Pirates' pitching staff this year. On Wednesday in Baltimore, he'll be going up against an Orioles club that knocks balls out of the park better than just about any other team in the league.

Across baseball, the Orioles rank third in long balls, having hit 85 on the year. Only the AL-East rival Yankees and Blue Jays have gone yard more times.

Orioles hitters, who hit three home runs against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, will be licking their chops against Correia (2-5, 4.29 ERA), whose 11 homers allowed is easily the most on the Pirates.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones -- who went 4-for-5 against the Pirates on Tuesday -- leads the team with 18 homers in 2012, but he's hitless in three plate appearances against Correia. He's got both an RBI and a strikeout against the 31-year-old.

Fortunately for the Pirates, their center fielder knows a thing or two about driving the baseball, as well.

Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh in virtually every single offensive category. Overall, McCutchen is hitting .324, but against lefties McCutchen is batting .456.

"I don't know. It's just one of those things, I guess," McCutchen said when asked about his success against southpaws. "I see them a little better, I guess."

The Pirates are 11-7 against left-handed starters this year, including their loss to Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen on Tuesday.

McCutchen and the Pirates will face the Orioles' Jake Arrieta. Arrieta makes this start in place of Brian Matusz, who was scratched after being struck by a ball in the face on Tuesday.

Pirates: Correia hoping June is kinder than May
• In five May starts, Correia went 0-4. He's already got a win in June, though, which came two weeks ago in Milwaukee. In his only career appearance against Baltimore, he struck out five batters and gave up four runs over six innings, earning the win.

Orioles: Roberts returns
• Baltimore fan favorite Brian Roberts went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday, his first game of 2012. He suffered a concussion in May 2011 and had sat out ever since. Roberts has never faced Correia.

Worth noting
• In addition to ranking high in home runs, the Orioles also are near the top of the heap in another, more dubious offensive statistic: strikeouts. Baltimore batters have struck out 513 times this year, more than any other team in the league.

But the fear of striking out shouldn't bother Orioles hitters too much Wednesday. Correia has averaged only 3.43 strikeouts per nine innings this season, second worst on the Pirates.

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