September 7: Cubs (68-67) @ Pirates (54-81)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Spoke to shortstop Jack Wilson last night for another piece I’m working on, but I thought you’d all like to know that he admits to scoreboard watching daily in order to keep up with how his former Pirates teammates are doing. In fact, the first thing he said last night was: “What a game today!” And no, he wasn’t talking about Oakland’s 5-2 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

No question – Wilson will always be a Bucco fan.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Yes, it is currntly raining. But the word is that this game will get in at some point. And the tarp was just taken off the field. Good sign, indeed.
  • Garrett Jones’ walk-off single on Sunday was the fifth walk-off hit for the club this year. Four have come from rookies (Jones - 2; Andrew McCutchen - 2). According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most walk-off hits by rookies on any team this season. The Reds have three.
  • Manager John Russell dropped the Delwyn Young from his usual No. 2 spot in the order down to sixth simply to load the top of the lineup with right-handed hitters against Cubs lefty Ted Lilly. Following McCutchen in Monday’s lineup is shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
  • Some change of scenery, though, might do Young some good. He has just two hits in his last 31 at-bats.
  • Andy LaRoche is hitting eighth for the first time this season. He is the eighth different player to hit in that spot for the Pirates.
  • Donnie Veal (sprained left index finger) is scheduled to join the Pirates on Tuesday after the Double-A season ends. During his Minor League rehab assignment, Veal has allowed two earned runs on 10 hits in 13 1/3 innings. He has struck out 18.
  • Right-hander Jeff Karstens (lower back strain) made another rehab apperance for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. He pitched another two scoreless innings, upping his scoreless innings total to six. He is expected to be reinstated from the DL on Wednesday.
  • The Pirates have plans to honor golf legend and western Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer prior to Tuesday’s game. Palmer turns 80 years old on Thursday. All fans in attendance will be given a Palmer bobblehead.
  • Monday’s 12:35 pm game is the fifth of eight home games scheduled at that time this year. The Pirates are 3-1 in the first four and have averaged 8.7 runs in those games.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Delwyn Young (2B)
  7. Brandon Moss (RF)
  8. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  9. Daniel McCutchen (RHP)

Cubs lineup:

  1. Kosuke Fukudome (CF)
  2. Ryan Theriot (SS)
  3. Derrek Lee (1B)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Milton Bradley (RF)
  6. Jeff Baker (2B)
  7. Bobby Scales (LF)
  8. Koyie Hill (C)
  9. Ted Lilly (LHP)

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