Gerrit Cole facing Pirates Tuesday for first time since trade

Gerrit Cole facing Pirates Tuesday for first time since trade

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 19: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 19, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

HOUSTON — When the Pirates take on the Astros Tuesday in Houston, they'll be up against former teammate Gerrit Cole for the first time since his 2018 trade.

Cole is expected to pitch for the Astros at Minute Maid Park during the three-game series with Pittsburgh.

The Pirates traded Cole in January 2018 and acquired four players: relief pitcher Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran, and starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.

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