Day 31: Rays @ Pirates

It’s the first night game of the spring for the Pirates and the first of five that the team will play in the next 12 days. Weird how those all fall together in a chunk.

And, the team has pulled out the green caps for the night. St. Patty’s day is tomorrow for those of you who forgot.

Anyways, if you haven’t already read it, the previous blog entry has all the information you need from today’s round of cuts at the ballpark. The Pirates cut eight players, including 2008 first-rounder Pedro Alvarez.

Apparently it’s going to be a busy night at McKechnie Field, where a full house is expected. ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale is expected to make a cameo, and The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams will be broadcasting live from the park during the channel’s “Evening Edition” program, which runs from 7-10 p.m. ET.

The Pirates will also honor their 2008 Venezuelan Summer League championship team 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

Must-see TV tonight: For those in the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget that tonight’s game will be broadcast on FSN-Pittsburgh. And if Paul Maholm pitches like he has all spring, you’re all in for a treat.

Also, Ian Snell is making the start for Team Puerto Rico in its game against Venezuela tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. I won’t be able to see Snell’s start, obviously, since I’m here at McKechnie, so I’ll have to depend on you all to be my eyes.

Oh, and for those of you who want to get away from baseball… there’s always 24 to watch tonight. I’m bummed I’ll have to wait to wait an extra day to catch my weekly dose of Jack Bauer. Oh well…   

OK. Onto the lineups…

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  6. Jose Tabata (RF)
  7. Craig Monroe (DH)
  8. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  9. Jack Wilson (SS)

Pitchers: Paul Maholm, Denny Bautista, Chris Bootcheck, Sean Burnett, Craig Hansen, Donnie Veal

Rays lineup:

  1. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  2. Gabe Kapler (RF)
  3. Evan Longoria (3B)
  4. Pat Burrell (DH)
  5. Willy Aybar (1B)
  6. Ben Zobrist (LF)
  7. Dioner Navarro (C)
  8. Justin Ruggiano (CF)
  9. Ray Olmedo (2B)

Pitchers: Andy Sonnanstine


Anyways isn’t a word. 🙂


Good thing Mr. Webster says it is:🙂

Jen does such a terrific job doing her Pirate reviews. She is our eyes and ears in Florida and has been a dedicated daily devotee on her blog. Now, I cannot believe someone has the nerve to call her out on her use of A WORD! I mean really, give her and us a break! This is sports! Are you that perfect?! Somehow, I suspect she could write circles around you… And, if anything, she deserves our support and thanks.


You do a wonderful job, and I didn’t “call you out” either. I figured as a writer, you might enjoy a little friendly usage reminder from a fan. Honestly, relax, and NEVER trust the online dictionaries.


By the way, that was address to your defendant, not you Jen. I could tell that you took my comment in the way it was offered….in a friendly manner.


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