May 24: Pirates (19-24) @ White Sox (19-23)

After another hitter’s meeting this morning (the third of the series), the Bucs have the task of doing to Mark Buehrle what they have not been able to do off any White Sox pitcher this series — score. The Pirates carry a 20-inning scoreless streak heading into the game.

Sure has been a different series here this year as opposed to last. The results — all losses — have been the same, but the method quite different. It’s hard to forget last year’s offensive onslaught by the White Sox. Frustrating as that was to handle, these last two games might have been even more trying. Nearly two complete games from their starters and the Pirates have no win to show for it.

Maybe a little lineup shuffle will get it down for the Pirates. Delwyn Young, Eric Hinske and Craig Monroe are all in there today. Freddy Sanchez has been bumped to the No. 3 hole, despite his 6-for-40 skid. Adam LaRoche gets the day off even though he’s 3-for-7 in his career against Buehrle. Nate McLouth also gets the day off.

Oh and one positive note out of the last few days, manager John Russell’s bullpen has finally had time to rest. See, you can’t say that all has been bad.

Not much in terms of news today. Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation) threw from 90 feet this morning, his longest distance yet, and said he felt better than he did when he first threw again two days ago.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (RF)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Craig Monroe (DH)
  5. Eric Hinske (1B)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Brandon Moss (LF)
  8. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  9. Jack Wilson (SS)

RHP Jeff Karstens

White Sox lineup:

  1. Scott Podsednik (CF)
  2. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
  3. Jim Thome (DH)
  4. Paul Konerko (1B)
  5. AJ Pierzynski (C)
  6. Carlos Quentin (LF)
  7. Brian Anderson (RF)
  8. Chris Getz (2B)
  9. Josh Fields (3B)

LHP Mark Buehrle     

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