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Jon Niese trying to get back on track

Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese had allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last six starts heading into his start on June 12.

He was rocked for eight runs on 11 hits and one walk across just 5.1 innings in a loss to the Cardinals. Niese (6-4) then allowed four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings against the Cubs on June 18. Piratesdugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Niese recently.

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