April 15: Astros (1-6) @ Pirates (4-3)

First off, some follow-up odds and ends to the Delwyn Young trade

  • He’s expected to be here on Friday, which is when the Pirates will make a corresponding move to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. Luis Cruz is the likely odd-man out.
  • The Pirates have seen Young play both corner outfield positions, though they are going to put him to work with infield coach Perry Hill immediately to see how capable he is of playing second base as well. Young has extensive experience at second in the Minors, but very little in the Majors.
  • Young is healthy and will be able to play immediately. The Pirates had a scout watch him during his rehab stint and said that his arm is average to sometimes above average strength-wise.
  • GM Neal Huntington reiterated that the Pirates (and the Indians, when Huntington was still with Cleveland) have been intrigued with Young’s bat for a while now. The Pirates don’t feel like they gave up much to acquire him (two PTBNL or cash), and so they were willing to take the risk on his talent.

As for Major League notes…

  • Third baseman Andy LaRoche is back in the lineup after being benched on Monday. LaRoche is still looking for his first hit of the year.
  • Outfielder Craig Monroe is making his first start for Pittsburgh now that the Pirates are finally facing a left-handed starter (Mike Hampton) for the first time this year. Monroe is 0-for-3 this season off the bench.
  • Today is Jackie Robinson Day across MLB and everyone will be wearing No. 42 in honor of Robinson.

Pirates lineup:

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

Astros lineup:

  1. Michael Bourn (CF)
  2. Miguel Tejada (SS)
  3. Lance Berkman (1B)
  4. Carlos Lee (LF)
  5. Hunter Pence (RF)
  6. Geoff Blum (3B)
  7. Ivan Rodriguez (C)
  8. Jeff Keppinger (2B)
  9. Mike Hampton (LHP) 

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