June 17: Pirates (30-34) @ Twins (33-33)

Found the neatest little place for lunch in downtown Minneapolis called the News Room. Yes, only a journalist would be fascinated by such a restaurant name. Well, it didn’t disappoint. I ate lunch — and fittingly, read the daily paper — surrounded by all sorts of old, famous newspaper clippings. OK, so when you’re on the road as much as we all are, it’s the little things that have to make your day. 


Anyways, in the baseball realm, there is little in terms of news this afternoon. Happy Birthday to Stone, John Russell’s youngest son, who turned five on Wednesday. He celebrated it by, among other things, shagging fly balls with the team and taking some swings of his own.

As expected, Delwyn Young is back in the lineup again on Wednesday (his fourth consecutive start). With the Twins sending a lefty to the mound, Russell wasn’t going to reinsert Brandon Moss just yet. Eric Hinske earned the nod as the DH for the second time this season.

So ever since that blog entry I had a week back pointing out that the Pirates had something ridiculous like 323 plate appearances without a home run, the club has hit four in five games. It’s certinaly nothing remarkable, but for a team lacking power threats, it’s worth mentioning. Especially since I picked on them last week for their prolonged power drought.

And since there’s really nothing else in terms of news, here’s a few digits for your enjoyment…

  • 5: The number of multi-hit games that Andrew McCutchen already has since being promoted on June 4
  • 31: The number of wins the Pirates had after 64 games last season.
  • 10: The number of winless starts for Ian Snell heading into tonight’s game. (April 18 was his last — and only — win of the season)

Pirates lineup:

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

RHP Ian Snell

Twins lineup:

  1. Brendan Harris (SS)
  2. Joe Mauer (C)
  3. Justin Morneau (1B)
  4. Jason Kubel (DH)
  5. Joe Crede (3B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Delmon Young (LF)
  8. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  9. Nick Punto (2B)

LHP: Francisco Liriano 



I don’t care who is pitching against the Bucs, righty or lefty, but doesn’t Russell EVER give Adam a day off?! Not that I would mind if I didn’t see his name in the lineup at all, but it’s there day-in day-out and always in the same spot. With his power “outage” why not move him back a few slots?! Ah, another conundrum I’ll never understand about the running of this team!

Newsroom is a good stop.

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