May 11: Reds (17-15) @ Pirates (14-18)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

April showers bring May flowers… except in Pittsburgh, apparently. It’s cold. It’s rainy. It’s gloomy. And we’ll see if we have baseball.

Stay tuned.

TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:

  • Ryan Church took some swings this afternoon and is available to pinch hit. His wrist is still too sore to allow him to take a game’s worth of at-bats, but he is progressing.
  • Delwyn Young makes his second start of the season in right field tonight. It’s still quite interesting how Young seems to have much better success as a pinch hitter than he does starting. That was the case last year, and it’s shaping up to be the case again in 2010. He has five hits in his last six pinch-hit at-bats and six altogether this season. As a starter, Young is 6-for-28.
  • Hayden Penn, who was being stretched out in extended Spring Training, has been officially placed on Triple-A Indianapolis’ roster and is scheduled to start tonight.
  • So, we all made it through the G20 Summit here in Pittsburgh last September, but interestingly enough, Toronto has decided not to try. You’ll remember pictures of tanks and armed military personnel and helicopters during last year’s series against the Dodgers while the G20 took place across the river. Well, Toronto is hosting the Summit in June and has announced that it is moving its home series against the Phillies to Philadelphia instead of dealing with the same security issues.
  • The Pirates have brought back the “You Score as the Bucs Score” promotion. For every run the team scores in Chicago from Friday-Sunday, that’s $1 off a $24 left or right field box seat during the team’s home series against the Braves (May 21-23). There will be 2,500 tickets for each game set aside for this promotion. More information can be found here.
  • The Pirates’ recent offensive production doesn’t bode well for this promotion, though. Outside of the 11 runs scored last Thursday, the Pirates have totaled 17 runs in the other six games combined during this homestand. The offense ranks 14th in th league with a .240 batting average. The Pirates rank 15th with 114 total runs scored.
  • Pittsburgh pitchers have not allowed a home run in the last 57 innings pitched. Even still, the staff’s 38 home runs allowed this season is the league’s third-highest total.
  • Triple-A outfielder Jose Tabata now has 17 stolen bases in 28 games this year. He is also leading the International League with 42 total hits.

Pirates lineup:

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

Reds lineup:

  1. Chris Heisey (CF)
  2. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Scott Rolen (3B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Jonny Gomes (LF)
  7. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  8. Paul Janish (SS)
  9. Johnny Cueto (RHP)

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