Harang will try to beat the much-improved Pirates for the third time this season when the Reds continue their weekend series at PNC Park.
The 26-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh, including 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three outings this year. After consecutive victories over Milwaukee, Harang will be looking to win his third straight start.
However, Harang will be facing a team in the Pirates which has won 18 of its last 24 games, including a 6-3 victory in the series opener Friday night.
Pirates starters have won 14 of 17 decisions and have pitched at least six innings in 25 of their last 28 games.
“I told you guys a month-and-a-half ago that I thought our starting pitching would come around and carry us,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It has.”
Josh Fogg will try to get his first win since July 2 despite allowing just six runs in 16 innings spanning his last three outings. He is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA in that stretch and the Pirates have lost all three starts.
Griffey, who is recovering from a tear in his upper right hamstring, is eligible to come off the DL prior to Monday’s series opener against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park.
“Junior ran the bases today about 50-60 percent,” Reds trainer Mark Mann said. “He said he felt good, so we’ll continue to up his intensity.”