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CIN@STL: Leake hurls eight shutout innings in 4-0 win

The Pirates and the Reds get to sleep on their ongoing slugfest, although the teams' pitchers may lay in bed wide-eyed.

The teams will resume at 5:30 p.m. ET their Monday night game suspended by rain with the score tied at 7 after six innings and a Great American Ball Park-record 10 home runs.

Neither manager declared who will handle the pitching for the resumed game. Perhaps they just didn't want to subject any of their hurlers to a restless night.

"We'll start one of the relief pitchers," was as far as Cincinnati manager Bryan Price would go. "We know who it will be, but we're not going to announce it now."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's relief options are wide open.

"We could go with one of the long men [Stolmy Pimentel or Jeanmar Gomez] or turn it over to the bullpen," said Hurdle, referring to his regular end-game trio of Tony Watson, Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli. "I mean, it is a tie game ... seventh inning."

Two guys who already know they will be pitching later Tuesday are the Pirates' Gerrit Cole and the Reds' Mike Leake, the probable starters for the 7:10 ET regular feature.

Leake went 3-0 last season against the Pirates and now comes off one of his best starts -- eight scoreless innings with four hits allowed against the Cardinals in a 4-0 win on Wednesday. He faced two batters over the minimum and notched 17 outs via grounders, including two double plays.

"When I'm going well, I get more ground balls. Fortunately there were situations where we were able to get double plays and I could keep the ball down in the zone."

Pirates: McCutchen, the MVP accessory

Andrew McCutchen's first-inning single Monday night finally got his hit column to catch up with his walks column. McCutchen had entered the game leading the National League with 11 walks, while batting only .233 as teams pitch around him.

"The trophy will do that," said Hurdle, meaning McCutchen's 2013 NL MVP Award. "I've seen it happen. There is a definite change of pattern as teams try to find out where is the soft spot behind him."

Reds: Jackie Robinson Day festivities

Like all of Major League Baseball, the Reds will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day to mark the 67th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers great broke baseball's color barrier. Both teams will have all on-field personnel wearing No. 42.

Among the festivities, the Reds will honor their first African American player -- Chuck Harmon -- who debuted in the big leagues 60 years ago on April 17, 1954. Harmon, who turns 90 on April 23, will receive the Powel Crosley Jr. Award, created to honor individuals who "exemplified the former Reds owner's spirit of dedication, devotion and service to the club over an extended period of time."

Worth noting

• Injured Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall, currently on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder, is slated to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville and pitch an inning in back-to-back games.

• The record for most homers at Great American Ball Park by a visiting team is six, accomplished four times. The Pirates have accounted for two of those occasions, within their last three games at the yard. They hit a half-dozen on Sept. 28, 2013 -- the next-to-last-game of the season -- and again on Monday. Neil Walker has two of the homers on both occasions.

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