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The Cincinnati Reds (12-12) and Pittsburgh Pirates (11-14) will open up a three-game National League Central series on Friday night at PNC Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Reds as -140 road favorites, while the opening total of 7 is facing upward pressure in the betting market.

Cincinnati hasn't enjoyed much success on the road in posting a 4-6 mark, which could worsen due to its 2-8 mark when playing under the lights. The Reds finished their recent eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.

Johnny Cueto (3-0, 1.39 ERA) figures to give the Reds an excellent opportunity to win in the series opener, coming off a 6-0 home victory over the Houston Astros, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just five hits.

The right-hander has registered a brilliant 10-3 record and 2.70 ERA in 15 career starts versus the Pirates, which includes a 6-1 mark and 2.34 ERA in eig...

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