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Young heads to Philadelphia

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There didn’t seem to be much interest in bringing Delwyn Young back to Pittsburgh, but now that’s official. The Phillies announced on Thursday that they had signed Young to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He’ll be competing for a spot on Philadelphia’s bench.

Young spent almost two full seasons with the Pirates. He had the opportunity to play second regularly during the final two months of the 2009 season but was used mostly as a utility player and pinch-hitter. Young hit .255 and drove in 71 in 234 games.

Brian Bass, who pitched with Pittsburgh last year, also signed a Minor League deal with the Phillies.

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LaRoche, Young enter free agent pool

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Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young have cleared outright waivers and elected to become free agents, the Pirates announced on Monday. Both infielders were designated for assignment on Nov. 29, after the organization determined that it would not tender to contracts to either arbitration-eligible player.

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Bucs set 40-man roster; designate Duke, LaRoche, Young

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Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young were all designated for assignment on Friday in order to open up room on the 40-man roster for the Pirates to protect players in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

The three were all eligible for arbitration. The Pirates obviously decided not to tender contracts to any of the three, and by designating them for assignment now, Pittsburgh cleared the space it needed to protect the players it wanted to.

Michael Crotta, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Daniel Moskos and Tony Watson have all been added to the 40-man roster. That roster is now full.

UPDATE: Just spoke with GM Neal Huntington, who said that the Pirates did try to negotiate a contract with Zach and were unsuccessful. The team did not feel he was worth what he was going to make in arbitration (probably around $5 million). The club also explored trade opportunities with no success.

This from Duke: “I am truly thankful for the opportunity the Pirates have given me and genuinely enjoyed my time in Pittsburgh. I understand this business decision and wish the Pirates and my friends still on the team the best of luck in the future.”

Here is the full story.

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May 19: Brewers (15-24) @ Pirates (17-22)

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A few housekeeping items to take care of before getting to the afternoon’s news and notes…

  1. I wanted to introduce you to Matt Fortuna, who, beginning today, will be helping with Pirates coverage throughout the summer. You’ll be seeing his byline a lot, and you can follow him on twitter (@Matt_Fortuna) as he tweets Bucco-related news, too.
  2. So no one panics, I also wanted to let everyone know that this is the last game I will be covering until May 31. I am leaving tomorrow to head to Europe for 10 days and so I’ll be off the beat for a bit. Hopefully the break will get me refreshed enough for the grind of four more months of baseball when I return. You’ll be in good hands while I’m MIA, but the blog will obviously be on hiatus.

Now on to the important stuff…

TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:

  • Manager John Russell confirmed that RHP Brendan Donnelly will be activated off the DL on Thursday. A corresponding move will have to be made, and I’m still thinking it’s possible that the move could hinge on Brian Burres’ performance tonight. Another subpar outing and Burres could be nixed from the rotation.
  • Second baseman Aki Iwamura is still day-to-day with the tight right hamstring. He can pinch hit, as he did on Monday and Tuesday in Philly, but the running is still an issue. Bobby Crosby gets the start in Iwamura’s place tonight after Delwyn Young made the last two.
  • Maybe redemption isn’t the best word, but the Pirates are sure looking to fare better against the Brewers in this brief two-game series than they did when Milwaukee came to town last month. You might remember that the club was outscored 36-1 then. We won’t repeat that again.
  • OF Quincy Latimore hit another grand slam for the Bradenton Marauders last night, which gives him three already this season. That ties a Florida State League record. The outfield prospect entered Wednesday hitting .253 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 37 games this year.
  • The Brewers enter PNC Park having been swept in their last three series (0-8). For whatever reason, though, most of their problems have been at home. The Brewers are 4-14 at Miller Park, yet 11-10 on the road. Go figure.
  • After spending most of the season with the league’s worst ERA, the Pirates (5.68) have now climbed above the D-backs (5.75). The next target is Milwaukee (5.25).

Pirates lineup:

  1. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  2. Bobby Crosby (2B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Steve Pearce (1B)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Brian Burres (LHP)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Corey Hart (RF)
  7. Gregg Zaun (C)
  8. Jody Gerut (CF)
  9. Randy Wolf (LHP)

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May 18: Pirates (16-22) @ Phillies (24-13)

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It’s cold and it’s overcast, but maybe we can get this game in tonight without any significant delays. The players certainly don’t want to get home at 3-4 am. And those of us who have to wait until tomorrow morning to fly out would appreciate some sleep. So hopefully the rain cooperates.

You’d have to think, too, that if this game starts, the Phillies are not going to want there to be any sort of delay since Roy Halladay is on the mound. Worst-case scenario for them is to send Halladay out and then have a lengthy delay shortly after that takes him out of the start.

This isn’t the first time Zach Duke and Halladay have matched up. The last was a dandy one, too. You can revisit it here.

TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:

  • Forgot to note this yesterday, but with all the questions I get about when Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata will be up, I felt it appropriate to write a story on the subject. If you missed it on Monday, here’s that piece. While I know Alvarez is the biggest name in the bunch, my guess is that he won’t be the first up. My guess is that it will be Lincoln. The right-hander is meeting the organization’s development goals consistently these days, and Brian Burres’ hold on the fifth spot in the rotation isn’t exactly firm. If Burres slips up on Wednesday or in the start after that, I can see the Pirates making the move.
  • As mentioned on Monday, the Pirates are still looking for their first winning road trip under manager John Russell. No easy task with Halladay on the mound, but Pittsburgh can clinch that with a win tonight.
  • Reliever Brendan Donnelly threw a pain-free side session indoors on Tuesday. His simulated game couldn’t happen because of the crummy weather. All went well, Donnelly said, and the Pirates plan to activate him off the DL on Thursday or Friday.
  • Who is the most likely to go when Donnelly returns? My guess is it would be either Jeff Karstens or Burres. If the Pirates want to make a change in the rotation, Burres could be sent out and the club would have a few extra days before making a decision about the rotation. That might be why the Pirates aren’t planning on activating Donnelly until after Burres’ start on Wednesday. Just thinking outloud here…
  • Delwyn Young is back in the leadoff spot on Tuesday for the second straight night. And why not? He had as much success last night as anyone. And again, the Pirates really don’t have a prototypical leadoff-type hitter with Aki Iwamura out.
  • Take away his absence with a bruised wrist, and Ryan Church has now started 10 straight games. I asked Russell if Church is going to be a regular in the lineup moving forward. Russell said it won’t necessarily be every day, but he does like having Church flexible to play in left and right so Russell can play the best matchups with everyone else.
  • Third baseman Andy LaRoche has just three hits in his last 34 at-bats. This comes after a 20-for-53 stretch he had right before.
  • The Pirates announced the signings of six Latin American players on Tuesday. Those players include LHP Angel Sanchez, OF Willy Garcia, RHP Oderman Rocha, RHP Brayan Almonte, RHP Jose Luis Acosta and 1B Jose Roman.
  • The Pirates announced that OF Starling Marte had successful surgery on Tuesday to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. No tendon damage was found, so Marte should be ready to return in 8-10 weeks.

Pirates lineup:

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

Phillies lineup:

  1. Shane Victorino (CF)
  2. Placido Polanco (3B)
  3. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Jayson Werth (RF)
  6. Ben Francisco (LF)
  7. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  8. Juan Castro (2B)
  9. Roy Halladay (RHP)

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May 17: Pirates (16-21) @ Phillies (23-13)

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The Pirates have arrived in Philadelphia just in time for Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to be activated off the disabled list. That’s not exactly going to make things easier for Charlie Morton tonight or Zach Duke on Tuesday.

Well, it’s not like anything has come easy to the Pirates here at Citizens Bank Park in recent years. Pittsburgh has lost it’s last five games at CBP and 10 of the last 11. Overall, the Pirates a 4-14 here, dating back to the ballpark’s 2004 opening.

Oh, and the Phillies have Roy Halladay — who has already thrown three complete games this season — going on Tuesday.

TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:

  • Aki Iwamura (tight right hamstring) is improving, but he still feels some pull walking and doing side-to-side movement. Iwamura did participate in some extra hitting on Monday and could be used to pinch hit, if necessary. Given that he can’t run and that he has struggled offensively for a while now, I can’t imagine Iwamura making a pinch-hit appearance unless it’s one of those extra-inning, no-one-left-on-the-bench situations.
  • Right-hander Brendan Donnelly will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, assuming the rain holds off. If all goes well there, Donnelly (left oblique strain) will be reevaluated on Wednesday and is likely to come off the DL during the next homestand. He is not going to be sent down to make a Minor League rehab start.
  • With Iwamura out, the Pirates are using Delwyn Young at the leadoff spot on Monday. It is his second time hitting leadoff this year. The Pirates have used five different leadoff hitters this season.
  • This will be the Pirates’ first game against a team from the NL East in 2010. On the other side, the Phillies are 9-1 against the NL Central (3-0 vs. Houston, 3-1 vs. St. Louis, 3-0 vs. Milwaukee).
  • Right-hander Daniel McCutchen has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list due to arm fatigue. He is expected to miss just one or two starts. McCutchen went 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in four starts (three appearances) with Pittsburgh before being demoted.
  • As noted yesterday, the Pirates have promoted righty Bryan Morris (3-0, 0.60 ERA) from high-A to Double-A. Pittsburgh has now also promoted starter Hunter Strickland (acquired in Adam LaRoche trade) from low-A to high-A, presumably to take Morris’ rotation spot.
  • In other Minor League news, Altoona starter Jared Hughes was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week. He leads all Minor League pitchers with seven wins this season.
  • I realized the Pirates’ road record these last few years has been pretty forgettable… But can you believe that the club has not had a winning road trip since 2007? Yes, in manager John Russell’s tenure as manager, the Pirates have never finished above .500 on a road trip. They can do so with a win either on Monday or Tuesday.
  • Charlie Morton enters this start having worked at least six innings in each of last two. After allowing 27 earned runs in his first 19 1/3 innings this year, Morton has given up just five in his last 12 frames (two starts).
  • The Pirates have expanded their “You score as the Bucs score” promotion due to high demand. The limited number of $7 tickets for the May 21-23 series against the Braves sold out so quickly that the Pirates have made additional tickets available for the $7 promotional price. Until they sell out, those tickets can be purchased here.

Pirates lineup:

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

Phillies lineup:

  1. Shane Victorino (CF)
  2. Placido Polanco (2B)
  3. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Jayson Werth (RF)
  6. Raul Ibanez (LF)
  7. Greg Dobbs (3B)
  8. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  9. Kyle Kendrick (RHP)

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

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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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April 21: Brewers (6-7) @ Pirates (7-6)

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The Pirates have a pretty banged up infield, which necessitated the call-up of infielder Argenis Diaz today.

Bobby Crosby tweaked his left shoulder making a diving play the other day and is out at least 2-3 days. The Pirates are hopeful it’s no longer, but Crosby was the only other shortstop the club had behind Ronny Cedeno.

Andy LaRoche had a setback on Tuesday when his back tightened up on him while he was doing some on-field activities. As a result, the Pirates are going to take a step back with him and be extra cautious. Though LaRoche told me he feels fine, I wouldn’t expect to see him play any earlier than Friday.

Other items of interest:

  • Brian Burres was sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he will go back into the Triple-A rotation. We’ll never know if the Pirates’ Plan A was to have Burres start in Houston on Saturday since he can’t do that now. A four-inning outing on Tuesday took Burres out of contention.
  • Asked when he would name a starter for Saturday, manager John Russell said: “In the next few days.” That really doesn’t tell us all that much given that there are only three days until Saturday. So take your guess.
  • The options remain Chris Jakubauskas, Kevin Hart, Brad Lincoln. Jakubauskas is scheduled to pitch for Indianapolis on Thursday, and if he does, that would take him out of the running. Same goes for Hart, who is scheduled to pitch on Friday.
  • Given Aki Iwamura’s experience at third and Delwyn Young’s lack of it, I asked Russell if he might consider moving Iwamura to third and Young to second in LaRoche’s absence. Russell said the thought had been considered, but the Pirates hesitate to take Iwamura away from second where he’s growing more comfortable.
  • Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf said he expects to throw off the mound on Thursday for the first time since making an April 7 start. That’s definitely an encouraging step in the right direction for Ohlendorf, who threw off flat ground again on Wednesday.
  • Charlie Morton and Zach Duke were engaged in a lengthy conversation today in the clubhouse . I obviously don’t know what it was related to, but it could very well be Duke’s way of showing Morton some support and offering some pitching-related guidance. I will tell you this — while fans have obviously lost some faith in Morton’s abilities over these first three starts, his teammates haven’t. Duke will be the first to tell you Morton has better stuff than any of the other pitchers in the clubhouse. And everyone wants to see Morton succeed.
  • Lost in Tuesday’s lopsided defeat was the fact that first baseman Jeff Clement snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a ninth-inning single. It wasn’t anything special, but for Clement, it was definitely something.
  • Ryan Doumit enters Wednesday with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Doumit can change the dynamic of the lineup one direction or the other based upon his production, and the Pirates certainly need more from him.  

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  3. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Ryan Doumi (C)
  6. Jeff Clement (1B)
  7. Delwyn Young (3B)
  8. Zach Duke (LHP)
  9. Ronny Cedeno (SS)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Corey Hart (RF)
  7. Gregg Zaun (C)
  8. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  9. Yovani Gallardo (RHP)

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Bucs recall SS Diaz; LHP Burres to Triple-A

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The Pirates just announced that they have recalled shortstop Argenis Diaz from Triple-A and optioned LHP Brian Burres back there.

The Pirates’ decision to send Burres back to Indianapolis doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He was here to give the Pirates a multiple-inning option, and he did that on Tuesday night. After pitching four innings on Tuesday, Burres wasn’t going to be available for the next few days or to spot start on Saturday. Now he can get back into the Triple-A rotation and pitch regularly.

We’ll learn more about the Pirates’ decision to summon Diaz when the clubhouse opens in a bit, but the need for an extra middle infielder makes me wonder if Bobby Crosby is hurt more than we know. Crosby was scratched due to left shoulder stiffness on Tuesday. Crosby is really the only back-up option the Pirates have at short (Delwyn Young has never played there), so if he is going to be unavailable for even just a couple more days, the Pirates needed another short-term backu up.

Diaz was on the club’s 40-man roster, so he was an easy option to call up for a temporary fill. The Pirates will need to call a pitcher up from Triple-A on Saturday to start, so Diaz might just be here until then.

Also, third baseman Andy LaRoche is not in the lineup again on Wednesday, presumably because of his recent back problems. That further depletes the Pirates’ infield options if he is still not ready to play. Another reason Diaz might be here.

More definitive answers on the roster moves to come shortly after a visit with manager John Russell

April 20: Brewers (5-7) @ Pirates (7-5)

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The All-Star Game is just a little less than three months away, but ballots were revealed on Tuesday. That’s the green light to start voting away. In-stadium balloting at PNC Park will run from May 4 – June 17, but you can get a head start now online. This link will take you to the ballot, which you can fill out up to 25 times.

Today’s news and notes….

  • Andy LaRoche (back spasms) said that he was going to try and convince manager John Russell to let him into the lineup on Tuesday, though that doesn’t appear to have happened. Right now Bobby Crosby is in there at third. However, Russell did say that LaRoche would likely be available to pinch hit and enter during the game, if needed. Regardless, he should be back in there on Wednesday.
  • Bobby Crosby was initially slated to play third, but he was scratched after BP due to left shoulder stiffness. Delwyn Young is now your third baseman du jour.
  • Ross Ohlendorf (back spasms) threw off flat ground again on Tuesday. He still has not pitched off a mound and if the Pirates know when that’s going to happen, Russell didn’t divulge it. The plan is still to have Ohlendorf make a Minor League rehab start before coming off the DL. He is eligible to come back April 27.
  • Right-hander Vinnie Chulk has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with what farm director Kyle Stark described as arm soreness. Stark said it was the same injury that forced Chulk to miss some time in Spring Training.
  • First-round pick Tony Sanchez has been hampered by some shoulder soreness the last few days, which has forced him to DH and not catch. Stark said Sanchez should be returning behind the plate soon.
  • Remember when it seemed like the Pirates NEVER beat the Brewers. Well, that’s kinda still the case at Miller Park. But you might have forgotten that the Pirates actually went 5-3 against Milwaukee here at home last year. We’ll get to that Miller Park thing next week.
  • Tuesday’s game will not be televised on FSN as the schedule has it. FSN Pittsburgh has picked up this hockey game that I guess is being played tonight. There appears to be some interest in it around here.
  • Jeff Clement (hitless in his last 18 ABs) is back in the lineup. I focused my off-day story on him yesterday, and Russell reiterated again that the team still sees him as the regular first baseman. Said Russell: “Nobody’s giving up on him. He’s going to be fine. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back. It also allows us to get some other guys in the game, though we don’t always want to do it at Jeff’s expense. We look for him to be a big part of the team. If that means breaking him in a little slower until he gets his feet on the ground then that’s OK. I think he’s going to respond very, very well. We’ll keep giving him the opportunity.”
  • The Pirates still haven’t named a starter for Saturday’s game against the Astros, though they’ll need someone. GM Neal Huntington named four possibilities on Sunday — Brian Burres (already with the team), Brad Lincoln, Kevin Hart, Chris Jakubauskas. Saturday is Lincoln’s day to pitch in Triple-A, though that might not necessarily mean anything.
  • I’ll put in another call for Inbox questions for anyone wanting to submit one. You can email me at Jenifer.Langosch@MLB.com with your question, first name, last initial and hometown listed. If you could put Inbox in the subject line, that would be fantastic.

Pirates lineup:

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

Brewers lineup:

  1. Rickie (2B)
  2. Jim Edmonds (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Corey Hart (RF)
  7. Gregg Zaun (C)
  8. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  9. Dave Bush (RHP)

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