Season Record: 42-36, 2nd place in NL Central, 1.0 game back
Notes: Two outstandings games and one disappointing one. Good to see the Jeff Karstens from last year show up. Erik Bedard has not been very good for a month. Jose Tabata scored four runs and was on base six times, which was good to see. Big weekend for Pedro Alvarez with eight RBI, including a grand slam. Andrew McCutchen injured his wrist on Saturday making a diving catch and got Sunday off. He’s expected to be fine.
|Jones, G, 1B||11||4||3||2||1||5||6||0.273||0.333|
|McCutchen, A, CF||9||5||6||3||1||0||2||0.667||0.700|
|Lincoln, P, PH||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||0.500||0.500|
Doubles (6): McCutchen (16), Alvarez (14), McKenry (5), Tabata (13), Walker (15), Sutton (7)
Triple (1): Presley (2)
Home Runs (6): Barmes (4), Presley (6), Jones (10), McCutchen (15), Alvarez (15), McKenry (6)
SB: Presley (8)
CS: Tabata (9)
Double Plays: (Harrison-Sutton-Jones)
|Hughes, J(S, 1)||1.3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.00|
Current record: 29-27, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.0 games back
Up Next: Kansas City Royals, 24-31, 4th place in AL Central, 7.0 games back
Season Series: 0-0, First time playing.
Notes: Interleague play is back for the next 15 games. For the Royals tonight, that means they lose the DH and their defense gets shifted around to keep their best hitters in the lineup. DH Billy Butler goes to first, 1B Eric Hosmer goes to RF, and RF Jeff Francoeur moves to CF. The Pirates have been playing well and should have no trouble with the weak Royals pitching.
Familiar Faces: Surpisingly, none.
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Outfielder Alex Presley has been recalled from AAA Indianapolis and is playing left field and batting leadoff tonight. Jose Tabata has the night off, presumably to rest the hamstring that has been bothering him. OF Gorkys Hernandez was optioned to AAA to make room on the roster.
Today’s series finale against the Mets is at 12:30. The Pirates are off tomorrow.
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Relief pitcher Jason Grilli has been placed on the Bereavement List due to the death of his wife’s grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Grilli family at this time.
To take his place on the roster, pitcher Jeff Locke has been called up from AAA. Locke was part of the 2009 Nate McLouth trade along with Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez. All four pieces of that deal are currently on the Bucs’ big league roster.
Locke was called up for four starts at the end of last season and went 0-3 in 16.2 innings with 5 strikeouts, a 6.48 ERA and 1.86 WHIP. His AAA line for this season is 3-3, 47.2 IP, 36 K, 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. For now, Jeff is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in long relief.
Today’s game starts at 1:05. Lineup:
Max Scherzer SP
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