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Minor matters

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The Pirates have released the following Minor League players: RHP Sheng-Cin Hong, RHP Melkin Laureano, RHP Yomar Pacheco, RHP Dinesh Patel, 1B Chih-Wei Hsu, 1B Kyle Morgan, 3B Andury Acevedo, OF Erik Huber and OF Kyle Saukko.

Obviously, the most notable name in the bunch is Patel’s. He gained national notoriety about this time two years ago when he was signed after winning a reality contest in India. Before the contest, Patel had never played baseball.

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September 24: Reds (71-81) @ Pirates (56-94); Karstens to start on Friday

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It’s not every day that you see military vehicles and law enforcement at every block, but that is the case around here on Thursday. With world leaders expected to start streaming into the city later this afternoon for the G-20 Summit, security is omnipresent. Seeing armored trucks on the highway was certainly a new sight to me.

That said, there were no issues getting to the ballpark. So if you’re planning on coming out to Thursday or Friday’s game, don’t let the Summit stop you. Actually, traffic was much thinner than usual since everyone is staying away.

Plenty of good seats will be available at the ballpark. I promise. Really good chance to catch a foul ball, too.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Right-hander Jeff Karstens will make Friday’s start for the Pirates. Karstens obviously isn’t stretched out to pitch deep into the game, but the Pirates are hopeful of getting four innings or so out of him. From there it will be relievers who finish out the game. Russell has plenty of length options available.
  • In order to seal their second winning season at PNC Park, the Pirates would have to go 4-1 to close out the season. The team is currently 37-39 at home and has lost 10 of its last 12 home games. Considering the Pirates have won just three of their last 25 games, getting four wins in the next five days looks seriously daunting.
  • Andrew McCutchen enters Thursday’s game with a 10-game hitting streak, which is his third hitting streak of at least 10 games this year. His longest was a 13-game one from June 11-25. He’ll need to hit safely in the next four games to tie the longest hitting streak by a rookie this season (Florida’s Chris Coghlan).
  • Andy LaRoche is back in the lineup after starting just once in the last six games. He seems to be just about over the illness that has kept him down.
  • Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh are selling various signed items to try and raise money for their family and village back home. If you are interested in helping out or just want more information, you can go to the blog that they keep

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  5. Brandon Moss (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Luis Cruz (SS)
  9. Charlie Morton (RHP)

Reds lineup:

  1. Willy Taveras (CF)
  2. Drew Sutton (SS)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Scott Rolen (3B)
  6. Jonny Gomes (RF)
  7. Wladimir Balentein (LF)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Bronson Arroyo (RHP)

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July 4: Pirates (37-43) @ Marlins (41-40); Happy 4th of July

Happy July 4th, everyone. Not sure why you’re busy reading this blog when you should be grilling out, headed to watch a fireworks show or enjoying time with family. But since baseball is America’s Pastime, I guess there’s a built-in excuse to check in for some baseball news, too.

There won’t be any BBQ for me (unless the press dining ladies here are so kind…), but I do get to look forward to a fireworks show and a concert from KC and the Sunshine Band later while I’m trying to write my gamestory. Maybe that would be more exciting if I actually knew who KC and the Sunshine Band was. Sorry for those who are now shaking their heads or wondering what planet I live on. But unless it’s country, I’m just not up on the music scene. At all. Past or present.

Well, folks, today also marks another milestone besides just our country’s 233rd birthday. It’s game #81, effectively marking the halfway point of the season. There have been huge steps forward made in some case (Zach Duke) and steps back by others (Ian Snell). Some have been consistent (Freddy Sanchez), while others have labored to show they belong as an everyday player (Brandon Moss). Some have arrived (oh boy, where do I start… Andrew McCutchen, Charlie Morton, Delwyn Young…), only to see others depart (Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, Sean Burnett among them).

Still, the Pirates sit a respectable six games behind first-place St. Louis, though the team is still six games below .500. It’s still too early to tell if there will be relevant baseball in the second half of the season, though much of that will likely be determined by how these next eight days leading up to the All-Star Break go. If nothing else, the fact that the Pirates currently have eight rookies on the team — the most on any team in the Majors — should at least give us all a glimpse of what’s coming in the next few years.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Freddy Sanchez remained out of the lineup again on Saturday, again because of tightness in his lower back. Sanchez confirmed that the problem is back spasms — not a pulled muscle. He continues to get treatment, though it seemed unlikely that Sanchez would be able to take swings pregame, which makes his availability as a pinch hitter quite questionable.
  • With Sanchez listed as day-to-day, it’s somewhat surprising to me that the Pirates have not opted to call up another infielder for protection — someone along the lines of Luis Cruz. If someone else in the middle infield were to go down, the Pirates really don’t have any replacements ready. And with Steve Pearce unlikely to get any playing time, it’d seem to make sense for him to be the one sent down to open a roster spot. Just me thinking outloud…
  • Ryan Doumit went 0-for-5 with one strikeout as the DH in a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday. He is flying to Indianapolis tonight so that he can join the Triple-A team on Sunday and continue his rehab there. A door has been left open for Doumit to return before the All-Star Break.
  • Both Indian pitchers — Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel – made their professional debuts on Saturday. Pitching for the GCL Pirates, Singh allowed two hits and one run in one inning. The left-hander struck out one and threw 19 pitches. Patel needed just eight pitches to get through his inning of relief. He struck out one and didn’t allow a baserunner.
  • Pedro Alvarez returned to action for Double-A Altoona on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts. Alvarez sat out for four days while dealing with left knee tendinitis.
  • Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny continues to shine down in Triple-A, with his latest stellar outing coming on Friday. Gorzelanny pitched eight innings and was charged with just one unearned run. He gave up five hits and walked none while striking out five. He certainly seems to be the next candidate for a rotation spot in Pittsburgh.
  • Speaking of Triple-A pitchers, Ian Snell is taking the mound for Indianapolis later this evening. It is his first start since striking out 17 — including 13 straight — in his 2009 Indy debut.
  • Interestingly enough, the Pirates haven’t played a night game on July 4 since 1990. They lost that game 5-4 in San Diego.
  • Manager John Russell did a bit more campaigning for Sanchez and Zach Duke to be included on the All-Star team. Those selections will be made on Sunday.
  • The Pirates have won five straight (four this season) against the Marlins. That’s the longest streak since the Pirates won seven consecutive games against Florida from July 7, 2004 – June 1, 2005.
  • The Pirates’ win on Friday was the first victory the team has had in Jack Wilson’s four games hitting second in the order. He’s there again on Saturday.
  • As they did on Friday, the Pirates and Marlins will wear the “Stars and Stripes” caps again on Saturday. I was a bit confused to see the caps come out on Friday since we were originally told they’d be worn just on the weekend, but oh well. The caps are also available for purchase at mlb.com. For every cap purchased, MLB.com will donate at least $1 to Welcome Back Veterans, a program that addresses the mental health and job needs of returning American Veterans. So get shopping!
  • Baseball is also honoring the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech on Saturday. All players and personnel will wear a “4ALS” patch  to raise awareness for the fight against ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Each first base will also have that “4ALS” logo on it, and I’ve heard that Jeff Conine will be at Land Shark Stadium to read Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech before Saturday’s game.
  • Some minor Minor League roster moves: Outfielder Jonel Pacheco and catcher Milver Reyes have been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A. Infielder Ray Chang was promoted from Single-A Lynchburg to Double-A Altoona.

 
Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Jack Wilson (SS)
  3. Delwyn Young (RF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Garrett Jones (LF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  8. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Marlins lineup:

  1. Emilio Bonifacio (3B)
  2. Jeremy Hermida (LF)
  3. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  4. Jorge Cantu (1B)
  5. Dan Uggla (2B)
  6. Cody Ross (CF)
  7. Ronny Paulino (C)
  8. Brett Carroll (RF)
  9. Andrew Miller (LHP) 

Day 10 Daily Squeeze

BP.jpgAnother day down, one more to go here at Pirate City. Tomorrow will be the last day of workouts before we all move to McKechnie Field for good. This is about the time in the workout schedule that we are all itching to get going with the exhibition schedule. It provides a little more variety than watching infield drills and batting practice. And it’s always intriguing to see how some of the new guys perform in actual games.

As for Monday’s news and notes…

  • Lefty Phil Dumatrait threw off the mound for the third time. He threw about 35 pitches — mostly fastballs and changeups, though he threw in about three or four curveballs, too. Dumatrait will throw long toss tomorrow before throwing another bullpen (40-45 pitches) on Wednesday and another then on Saturday. Dumatrait projected that he will be ready to pitch in a game about the third week in March.
  • Third baseman Andy LaRoche was back on the field with the team on Monday. He did his normal early work, participated in infield drills and tracked pitches in the batting cage during live batting practice. Manager John Russell said LaRoche could maybe be ready to play on Thursday. If not, he should see action Friday or Saturday for sure.
  • Non-roster invitee Brian Slocum was held out of workouts on Monday because of a slight hamstring strain. Slocum’s status is day-to-day, though Russell said it shouldn’t be long before the right-hander can return to the mound.
  • Though he lobbied to take the mound today, Virgil Vasquez (sore arm) was also held out from throwing again on Monday. He should resume either Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • In all, 16 pitchers threw one to two innings of live batting practice on Monday. It was the second time doing so for each of the 16, and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan used Monday to watch the pitchers that he wasn’t able to watch throw on Friday.
  • Indian pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel got to participate (well, kinda) in big-league camp on Monday. The pair were among a group of about six who shagged balls in the outfield during batting practice.

  Until tomorrow… 

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