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CHC@MIN: Diamond shuts out Cubs over six frames

When Kevin Correia takes the mound for the Pirates on Tuesday, he'll be looking for his first home win in quite same time.

In fact, it's been nearly a year since Correia last won at PNC Park -- on June 22, 2011, against Baltimore. Since then, the 31-year-old right-hander is 0-6 in nine home starts. Correia is 0-2 at home this season, with a 4.10 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.

Correia's last three starts have come on the road, including a 7-1 loss on June 13, in which he surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings.

"There was really no speed separation of pitches, and I think that's when you saw him missing locations," manager Clint Hurdle said of Correia after that last start.

As a team, despite owning the all-time worst Interleague record (87-136) in the Majors, Pittsburgh has gone 9-3 at home against the American League since the beginning of last season. That includes a recent three-game sweep of the Royals.

For the Twins, Scott Diamond will take his 2-1 road record into PNC Park. The left-hander has been Minnesota's most consistent starter this season. Armed with a 2.13 ERA, Diamond (5-2) had been on a streak of four quality starts, before going six innings and surrendering four earned runs -- which came in the form of two home runs -- against the Phillies last Thursday.

"I challenged a lot of guys and was able to mix it up a little bit," Diamond said. "If I was able to take those two pitches back, that would have been a different ballgame."

Diamond said his main goal on Tuesday will be to get back on track and pitch the way he did during that strong four-game stretch.

"Our bullpen has been worked a little bit lately," Diamond said. "I'm trying to go as deep into ballgames as much as I can myself."

Twins: Capps expected back Tuesday
Unavailable on Sunday against the Brewers after feeling some inflammation in his right shoulder, Twins closer Matt Capps is expected to be back on Tuesday, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

In his last appearance on Friday, Capps surrendered a two-run homer, as Minnesota lost to Milwaukee 5-3. He has a 3.55 ERA in 26 total appearances, with 14 saves and 15 opportunities this season.

"It's just a sore shoulder [from] the game where he gave up the home run," Gardenhire said. "He came in the next morning, and he was pretty sore, so we backed him off, checked him out. Everything looked good. Just a little inflammation in there. He's doing all of his exercises, and he should be ready to go Tuesday."

Pirates: Club to start planning deadline moves
When the Pirates get back to Pittsburgh after their Interleague road trip, manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington plan to get together to talk about a plan of attack for the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I haven't been involved in the internal discussions, but Neal and I will regroup when we get home," Hurdle said on Sunday. "Once you get past the 50-game mark, one-third of the season, you start looking realistically and what you need and where your surplus might be, and start looking for matches.

"We've been engaged with other clubs for the last six weeks now. There's no traction anywhere."

Huntington said the Pirates have heard from some clubs that said they are going to wait to make moves as long as they can to keep fans engaged, which means there will be fewer sellers. Also, with the addition of another Wild Card this season, Huntington said teams are tentative about what action to take.

"With that extra Wild Card, every passing week everybody is trying to decide, 'Is it sooner, or is it later?'" Hurdle said. "The hard part is we're not the only club looking for specific things. A lot more clubs are involved, so it gets pushed back. Teams are taking longer to see if they are buyers or sellers."

Worth noting
•The Pirates start a six-game homestand Tuesday, which concludes with a three-game series against the Tigers next weekend. Pittsburgh has won four straight and eight of its last nine at PNC Park.

•With three hits on Sunday, catcher Joe Mauer moved past Cesar Tovar into ninth place on the Twins all-time list (1,165). Comments