September 14: Pirates (55-86) @ Dodgers (85-59); Young out with lower back tightness

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

I’m back. My apologies for the blog inactivity for the last few days, but I was enjoying my last few days off this season and now will be with you every day through October 4.

Not many newsy items coming out of the already-small and now extra-cramped visitor’s clubhouse today other than that Delwyn Young is out because of some lower back tightness. He said he felt his back spasm while running to first on his pinch-hit groundout on Sunday and could barely make it to the bag.

He is not taking any sort of BP today and is questionable for the rest of the series. That has the LA native bummed out since he’s expecting about 25 family and friends in the stands this week.

As for today’s other news, notes and randomness…

  • While I was away, the Lynchburg Hillcats came from behind to win a Carolina League playoff series over Wilmington. Lynchburg won the deciding game on Sunday with Bryan Morris (part of the Jason Bay trade) allowing one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and earning the win. Third baseman Josh Harrison (John Grabow/Tom Gorzelanny trade) went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the 5-2 win.
  • The Hillcats are now taking on the Salem Red Sox in the Mills Cup Championship, with Game 1 scheduled for tonight. Those interested in following the game and each of the next ones can do so here.
  • Triple-A pitching coach Ray Searage has joined the club and will be with the Pirates for about a week. Then he gets ready to head down to Venezuela where he will coach this offseason.
  • Manager John Russell wouldn’t commit to whether Ross Ohlendorf’s start on Saturday would be his last of the season or not. Ohlendorf is about 10 innings away from what the Pirates have set as his desired maximum innings count for the season.
  • There are all sorts of LA connections on the Pirates club right now. Obviously, as mentioned above, Young grew up in LA and still resides around here. He was also with the Dodgers until LA traded him to Pittsburgh back in April. Andy LaRoche came up through the Dodgers’ system, as did reliever Joel Hanrahan. Reliever Jesse Chavez graduated from high school about 40 miles east of the city.
  • Here’s an interesting one for you from the Elias Sports Bureau: The Pirates became the first team this season to turn a double play in the last three innings of a one-run victory when they did so on Sunday by getting double plays in the seventh, eighth and ninth against Houston. Before Sunday, the last time the Pirates did this was Sept. 21, 1990, in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. Thank goodness someone somewhere keeps track of this stuff.
  • Monday’s starter Daniel McCutchen is still looking for his first Major League win. This will be his third start. 

Pirates lineup:

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

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Matt Kemp (CF)
  3. Andre Ethier (RF)
  4. Manny Ramirez (LF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Casey Blake (3B)
  7. Russell Martin (C)
  8. Orlando Hudson (2B)
  9. Jon Garland (RHP)

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