September 16: Pirates (55-88) @ Dodgers (87-59)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Sorry for the delayed post this morning — pulled in many different directions with some other stuff, though there’s really nothing much in terms of news that you’re missing here.

So without much news to bring you, I offer you a picture of Dodger Stadium instead:

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For those who’ve never made it out to Dodger Stadium, you can’t beat the view when you walk in the upper gates (where we do). Rather than walk into a basement tunnel as is the usual, we enter at the top of the stadium, where, if the sky is clear, you can see mountains in the distance and of course the “Think Blue” sign on the nearby hilltop. I also learned today that you can see the Hollywood sign while looking out along the third base side of the stadium.

In my opinion, watching a game at Dodger Stadium would have to fall in the top 10 of all Major League ballparks I’ve been to.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • As is usual on getaway day, the Pirates are sitting some regulars — Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge. Delwyn Young remains out with lower back tightness, meaning that, much to his dismay, he won’t be able to play in front of his grandmother on her birthday today.
  • It’s Manny bobblehead day, probably a large reason why the Dodgers are expecting 50,000+ fans for this matinee game. It’s a good thing they’re getting a Manny replica, though, because he won’t be on the field. Ramirez is not in the lineup as Joe Torre, too, is sitting some of his starters.
  • After pitching two scoreless innings on Tuesday, Joel Hanrahan has now not allowed an earned run in any of his last 13 games. And though his ERA is still inflated from his awful first half in Washington, he’s quietly posted a 1.84 ERA since coming to the Pirates on June 30.
  • The Lynchburg Hillcats are enjoying an off-day on Wednesday before they resume the Carolina League Championship series on Thursday. With the club’s win on Tuesday, the Hillcats need to win just one of three games to claim the league championship.
  • Thursday’s off day will be the last of the season for the Pirates, who have the burden of finishing the season with 18 games in 17 days. The only saving grace may be that 11 of those are at home and the other seven (Chicago and Cincinnati) don’t require extensive travel.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Steve Pearce (1B)
  5. Brandon Moss (LF)
  6. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Ramon Vazquez (2B)
  9. Kevin Hart (RHP)

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Juan Pierre (LF)
  2. Ronnie Belliard (2B)
  3. Andre Ethier (RF)
  4. Matt Kemp (CF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Blake DeWitt (3B)
  7. Brad Ausmus (C)
  8. Juan Castro (SS)
  9. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP)

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