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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds: Previewing the NL Central Showdown
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The long-awaited matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds is finally here, as the two surprising contenders will square off for NL Central supremacy this weekend.

While the Pirates have performed well following the All-Star break, they have been no match for the Reds' torrid pace. As a result, the Reds have opened up a 3.5-game lead in the division race and currently own the best record in the National League.

This weekend's games are crucial for the Pirates and Reds as they enter the final third of the season. It's gut-check time in the NL Central, and we will learn a lot about both teams from their play this weekend.

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