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July 1: Cubs (36-38) @ Pirates (36-41); Wilson apologizes for comments

Shortstop Jack Wilson sought out the media on Wednesday so that he could publically apologize for some of his comments made on Tuesday afternoon, just minutes after hearing that teammates Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan had been traded. For those who may have missed it, here is what Wilson said yesterday.

Wilson was understandably frustrated, having seen the Pirates trade away teammates over and over again during his tenure here. But it was the tone he used and what could be perceived as negativity toward Pirates management that he wanted to step away from after reading what he had said the day after…

“I really didn’t sleep last night. I think some of my comments were pretty harsh,” Wilson said. “When you’re here and you’re in the moment and you’re talking to guys and everyone is bummed out, you tend to maybe lose your head a little bit and vent. A lot of things I said, I thought about last night when talking with my wife and they were pretty inaccurate I would say. I definitely don’t want to be that guy who is butting heads with the organization or causing any type of negativity. I apologize for that. I haven’t talked to Neal [Huntington] or anything like that, but that’s not the player I want to be. That’s not the person I want to be for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’m definitely passionate about winning, about being a Pirate and sometimes it comes out in a negative way. For that, I apologize for going against the organization.”

Other news and notes for the day:

  • Jeff Salazar has arrived at PNC Park, but he has not been added to the roster yet because of what is being described as extenuating cicumstances. Manager John Russell said he couldn’t comment on the situation, but we are expected to be notified closer to game time what’s going on and when/if Salazar will be added. Salazar said he’s under the impression that he’ll be available tonight. UPDATE 6:20 pm: Salazar has been activated and is available to play on Wednesday.
  • Craig Monroe has cleared waivers and been given his unconditional release.
  • The Pirates have signed third-round Draft pick Evan Chambers. He has been assigned to begin his professional career with short season State College. Chambers, 20, is a center fielder drafted from Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College.
  • The Pirates have also signed SS John Gourley (13th round) and RHP Ryan Beckham (18th round). Gourley was drafted out of high school. The Pirates have now agreed to terms with 15 of 51 players. 
  • Joel Hanrahan arrived in the clubhouse at about 3:45 pm today, only to be greeted with a bear hug from Delwyn Young. Hanrahan’s transition should be a bit smoother considering he already knows Young, both LaRoches and John Grabow.
  • Russell is wasting no time getting Garrett Jones into the lineup, putting him in left and in the No. 3 spot on Wednesday. Russell emphasized that Jones will get plenty of opportunity to show that he could be an everyday player, which suggests that he will likely be a more regular starter than Eric Hinske was.
  • Three players from Double-A Altoona have been selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Those include LHP Daniel Moskos, SS Brian Friday and OF/1B Jason Delaney
  • Andy LaRoche is out of the lineup for nothing more than just a day to rest.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (LF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Brandon Moss (RF)
  6. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Virgil Vasquez (RHP)

Cubs lineup:

  1. Sam Fuld (LF)
  2. Ryan Theriot (SS)
  3. Derrek Lee (1B)
  4. Milton Bradley (RF)
  5. Jake Fox (3B)
  6. Kosuke Fukodome (CF)
  7. Geovany Soto (C)
  8. Andres Blanco (2B)
  9. Randy Wells (RHP)

Two trades: A final wrap…

Now that I can take a breath, figured we could revisit Tuesday’s happenings here one more time. Here are links to all the stories written about the deal…

I’ve read a lot of mixed reactions from Pirates fans — some obviously sad to see Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett go, others intrigued by the potential upside in Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. Natiionally, the Pirates are largely being identified as the winners in the deal, though of course that will require Milledge and/or Hanrahan reaching their upside.

Pirates trade Hinske to Yankees; Garrett Jones to be promoted

The Pirates have dealt infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske to the Yankees for Minor League outfielder/catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Casey Erickson. Both are at the Single-A level.

Outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones will take Hinske’s spot on the 25-man roster and will be in Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s game.

The Yankees also receive cash considerations from the Pirates in addition to Hinske.

Hinske, who was making $1.5 million this season, signed as a free agent with the Pirates this offseason and provided depth at the corner infield and right field positions. Though he made only 23 starts, Hinske was a primary piece off the bench, though he didn’t provide as much power as had been expected. Overall, he hit .255 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 106 at-bats.

Jones has been deserving of a promotion for what he’s done in Indianapolis so far this season, and over the last few days, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington had suggested that he could very well be the next player promoted.

Jones, 28, appeared in 31 games with the Twins back in 2007, but has not been back to the Majors since. After signing with the Pirates as a Minor League free agent and impressing management during Spring Training, Jones went on to hit .307 with 18 doubles, 12 homers and 48 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this year. He also had 14 stolen bases.

Jones would be an option at first base or in the outfield, very similar to the role that Steve Pearce has currently, but as a left-handed hitting option.

As for the players the Pirates received in return…

Erickson, 23, was 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 games (three starts) at the low Single-A level this season. He had 37 strikeouts and 13 walks in 44 innings. Erickson, a 10th-round Draft pick in 2006, has been assigned to low Single-A West Virginia.

Fryer, 23, has been playing with the Yankees’ high Single-A Tampa affiliate, where he made 55 appearances in left, five behind the plate and one in right this season. In 59 games, he’s hit .250 with 11 doubles, two home runs, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Fryer was a 10th-round Draft selection by Milwaukee in 2007. He has been assigned to high Single-A Lynchburg.

June 28: Royals (31-42) @ Pirates (35-39)

So after two wins with those Homestead Greys uniforms, the Pirates petitioned to wear them again on Sunday… OK, so that’s not exactly true, but those uniforms did serve the team well with wins on Friday and Saturday.

The club is back to pinstripes today as the Pirates go for their third sweep this season. You have to go all the way back to 2001 to find the last time Pittsburgh swept an Interleague series. The Pirates swept Cleveland in ’01. Their only other Interleague sweep came over the White Sox in 1997.

News and notes fro the morning…

  • The merry-go-round that is right field stopped on Eric Hinske on Sunday. Hinske is the third different right fielder to get a start this series, a rotation that’s been inadvertently created because manager John Russell has too many options. Hinske is 3-for-9 with two extra-base hits against Kansas City ace Zack Greinke, so you can see Russell’s logic there.
  • Russell wanted to give Freddy Sanchez the day off and Ramon Vazquez the start on Sunday, but those plans changed after Vazquez apparently caught some sort of stomach bug. He was throwing up much of the day on Saturday. His condition has improved to where he can at least be a pinch hitting option on Sunday if needed.
  • All-Star teams will be announced one week from today, and Russell made a strong statement for Zach Duke’s inclusion on the club. Coming into Sunday, Zach was tied for fifth in the league with eight wins and ranked 10th with his 3.09 ERA. It’s not the numbers, though, that are Duke’s biggest bragging rights, but the consistency behind the numbers: “He doesn’t have the huge numbers like some guys have, but if you look at the consistency that he’s developed, yeah, I do think he should be considered,” Russell said. “Absolutely. You look at some of his losses and we didn’t score any runs for him. He’s been very consistent. I think that’s something to consider.”
  • Sanchez would seem to be the other legitimate All-Star candidate on this club. Though you wouldn’t know it by the way the voting has been going, Sanchez has been as good as there is at second base this season. His .317 batting average is the best among all Major League second baseman. He has committed just one error in the field. And with 24 doubles, he’s tied for second in the league in that category. So where’s the love?
  • On a Minor League note, thought you might be interested in Tom Gorzelanny’s line from his start with Triple-A Indy on Saturday. Gorzelanny pitched five innings, allowed two unearned runs, walked two, allowed four hits and struck out 12. Yes, 12. Since being sent back down to Indianapolis, Gorzelanny has gone 2-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings. And according to Russell, the reports on Gorzelanny are as good as the numbers: “He’s maintained the velocity he had here,” Russell said. “He has maintained the approach he’s had here. He’s had success doing it. If he continues on, he’s going to put himself in a very good position to be able to come up here and start again if needed.”


Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Eric Hinske (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Charlie Morton (RHP)

Royals lineup:

  1. David DeJesus (LF)
  2. Willie Bloomquist (SS)
  3. Jose Guillen (RF)
  4. Mike Jacobs (1B)
  5. Brayan Pena (C)
  6. Alberto Callaspo (2B)
  7. Mark Teahen (3B)
  8. Mitch Maier (CF)
  9. Zack Greinke (RHP)

June 17: Pirates (30-34) @ Twins (33-33)

Found the neatest little place for lunch in downtown Minneapolis called the News Room. Yes, only a journalist would be fascinated by such a restaurant name. Well, it didn’t disappoint. I ate lunch — and fittingly, read the daily paper — surrounded by all sorts of old, famous newspaper clippings. OK, so when you’re on the road as much as we all are, it’s the little things that have to make your day. 


Anyways, in the baseball realm, there is little in terms of news this afternoon. Happy Birthday to Stone, John Russell’s youngest son, who turned five on Wednesday. He celebrated it by, among other things, shagging fly balls with the team and taking some swings of his own.

As expected, Delwyn Young is back in the lineup again on Wednesday (his fourth consecutive start). With the Twins sending a lefty to the mound, Russell wasn’t going to reinsert Brandon Moss just yet. Eric Hinske earned the nod as the DH for the second time this season.

So ever since that blog entry I had a week back pointing out that the Pirates had something ridiculous like 323 plate appearances without a home run, the club has hit four in five games. It’s certinaly nothing remarkable, but for a team lacking power threats, it’s worth mentioning. Especially since I picked on them last week for their prolonged power drought.

And since there’s really nothing else in terms of news, here’s a few digits for your enjoyment…

  • 5: The number of multi-hit games that Andrew McCutchen already has since being promoted on June 4
  • 31: The number of wins the Pirates had after 64 games last season.
  • 10: The number of winless starts for Ian Snell heading into tonight’s game. (April 18 was his last — and only — win of the season)

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Delwyn Young (RF)
  6. Eric Hinske (DH)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  9. Jack Wilson (SS)

RHP Ian Snell

Twins lineup:

  1. Brendan Harris (SS)
  2. Joe Mauer (C)
  3. Justin Morneau (1B)
  4. Jason Kubel (DH)
  5. Joe Crede (3B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Delmon Young (LF)
  8. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  9. Nick Punto (2B)

LHP: Francisco Liriano 

June 13: Tigers (34-27) @ Pirates (28-33)

First some photos…


The Stanley Cup is already making its way around town. After arriving in Pittsburgh in the middle of the night and carefully being buckled into the front seat of coach Dan Bylsma’s car, the Cup was spotted in the downtown Marriott hotel early this morning. Thanks to my colleague and Tigers writer, Jason Beck, for the photo. Little did Jason know that when he went down for breakfast this morning, the Cup would be there to greet him.

IMG00063.jpgFound this sign walking from the parking garage to the ballpark. There are no shortage of Penguins jerseys and shirts around town, and the signs/billboards are popping up everywhere. Interestingly enough, the Penguins became the first team in MLB, NBA or NHL to win a Championship Game 7 on the road since the Pirates did so in 1979.

“We’re extremely excited for the Penguins,” manager John Russell said. “It’s a great thing for the city. It just shows what type of atmosphere this city is about and how proud they are of their sports teams. We want that same here. Pretty soon, hopefully we’ll be battling for three Championships.”


Clubhouse news and notes…

  • Still no final word on whether RHP Charlie Morton (strained right hamstring) will be able to start on Tuesday. He did throw a bullpen session today, with Russell watching, and did some running. He’ll do some more work on Sunday, after which the Pirates will determine whether he can go as scheduled. If Morton can’t start on Tuesday, Paul Maholm would move up a day as would the rest of the rotation. With the off day on Monday, they’d all still be pitching on normal four days of rest.
  • Brandon Moss is out of the lineup today and will be as well on Sunday with lefty Dontrelle Willis pitching. Moss is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has gone just 4-for-28 in June. There’s no question he’s fighting himself at the plate and that’s he lost whatever progress he had made in mid-May with his approach at the plate.

“He’s fighting himself and it’s tough for him to get in the position he wants to be in to hit,” Russell said. “When you’re not getting hits, you start to press and try to do too much and you’re not free and easy at the plate. He needs to relax a little bit. Hopefully he can regroup a little bit and can get back to swinging the bat the way he’s capable of.”

  • Delwyn Young makes the start in place of Moss today. (Craig Monroe likely will tomorrow agaisnt the left-hander.) Young is the only Pirate to homer since June 2 (yikes!) and has hit .351 with eight RBIs in his first nine starts in right field.
  • Spoke with RHP Jeff Karstens, who said he felt good after not throwing for the last two days. Even as a starter, Karstens was throwing almost every day in between starts, making a few days off now quite beneficial. He seems plenty content with his role right now and pleased that he’s finally found delivery mechanics to stick with. It seems like he’s been changing and tweaking things ever since the start of Spring Training, but on Wednesday, Karstens went back to not putting his hands over his head during his delivery, liked how that felt and is not going back. 


The College World Series kicked off on Saturday with Arkansas and Cal State Fullerton meeting in the first game. The game, which Arkansas is winning 10-4 in the eighth right now, was on inside the Pirates’ clubhouse, much to the pleasure of Eric Hinske, a former Razorback himself.

“It’s cool,” Hinske said of Arkansas’ appearance in Omaha. “I never made it to the World Series. Back when I was in college, they only had the Regionals, there were no Super Regionals. We went to the Regional every year but lost. But when you’re in college, it’s definitely your dream to get to the World Series, for sure. I never got to get there, but I’m happy for the Razorbacks.”


Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Delwyn Young (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Tigers lineup:

  1. Ryan Raburn (CF)
  2. Placido Polanco (2B)
  3. Marcus Thames (LF)
  4. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  5. Magglio Ordonez (RF)
  6. Brandon Inge (3B)
  7. Gerald Laird (C)
  8. Adam Everett (SS)
  9. Armando Galarraga (RHP)  

Andy LaRoche exits early with knee contusion

Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche left Thursday’s game at the end of the sixth after suffering a right knee contusion. LaRoche was hit in that knee with a pitch by Mets starter Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning. He is listed as day-to-day.

Eric Hinske replaced LaRoche at third at the start of the seventh. LaRoche went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and two runs scored before exiting.

June 1: Mets (28-21) @ Pirates (22-28)

Happy first day of June — at least the weather is beginning to finally correspond with the month. Gorgeous day at the ballpark…

As noted in the blog earlier, the Pirates promoted RHP Steven Jackson from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Donnie Veal’s spot on the roster. Veal went on the DL (retroactive Saturday) with a strained right groin. Jackson is here and out on the field warming up with the rest of the pitchers.

Manager John Russell sounded plenty happy to have the sinkerball pitcher now available in the ‘pen. As Russell noted, the makeup of the bullpen really didn’t leave him with a prototypical groundball pitcher (Tyler Yates was closest to that mold but he is currently on the DL). Russell will use Jackson in middle relief, with an eye for a situation in which he can come in and get a groundball.

Cleaning out the notebook:

  • Craig Hansen (neck/back ailment) had another round of tests today, which came back negative. He will head to Bradenton later this week to continue his rehab program. Tests last week identified the issue as inflammation of the Trapezius muscle. He is still not expected to throw for up to four weeks.
  • Forgot to mention yesterday that the Pirates brass will be congregating in Bradenton for the draft rather than in Pittsburgh as usual. GM Neal Huntington explained how the setup of the team’s Bradenton facility allows for a better work space.
  • Eric Hinske (6-for-22 against Mets starter Livan Hernandez) is in the starting lineup today. Sure can’t argue getting him four at-bats or so considering his production lately. He has five hits in his last nine at-bats and went 3-for-3 with a walk in his start on Saturday.
  • Nate McLouth’s leadoff homer on Sunday was the fourth of his career and tied him with Roberto Clemente, Lee Handley and Gary Redus for seventh place on the Pirates’ all-time list. The leader? Barry Bonds with 20.
  • Catcher Robinzon Diaz worked on the field with the coaching staff earlier this afternoon receiving pitches and then throwing to third.
  • The Mets may have swept the Pirates earlier this seaosn (May 8-10), but their lineup isn’t nearly as daunting as they come to PNC Park for this four-game set. Cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado is out until July with a hip injury. New York is also without speedy shortstop Jose Reyes, who is on the DL with right calf tendinitis. Delgado went 6-for-13 with three runs scored and five RBIs against the Pirates back in May. In that series, Reyes went 7-for-13 with four runs scored, three stolen bases and four RBIs.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Eric Hinske (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Ian Snell (RHP)

Mets lineup:

  1. Luis Castillo (2B)
  2. Ramon Martinez (LF)
  3. Carlos Beltran (CF) Daniel Murphy (3B)
  4. Gary Sheffield (RF)
  5. David Wright (3B)
  6. Daniel Murphy (1B) Jeremy Reed (CF)
  7. Wilson Valdez (SS)
  8. Brian Schneider (C)
  9. Livan Hernandez (RHP)

** Beltran was a late scracth. Still ill.

May 30: Astros (19-27) @ Pirates (21-27)

It’s the first of three SkyBlast nights here at PNC Park. In the past, SkyBlast has been three consecutive nights. That has since been changed, and the next two dates come in August and September. Country music’s Zac Brown Band (you might know them for their hit: Chicken Fried) is performing postgame and will be complemented by the usual fireworks show.


Speaking of fireworks, manager John Russell is trying to spark something — anything — with his offense by switching around much of his lineup order and stacking it with right-handed bats. It’s safe to say that the ineptitude shown by the offense on Friday certainly encouraged some sort of change.

Getting a night off on Saturday: Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Moss, Jason Jaramillo

In the lineup: Eric Hinske, Delwyn Young, Craig Monroe, Robinzon Diaz

Russell’s logic has much to do with the season that opposing starter Wandy Rodriguez is having. Rodriguez (5-3, 1.71 ERA) has limited left-handed hitters to a batting average of .125 this year.

Shuffled up in the lineup is third baseman Andy LaRoche, who will be hitting from the second hole for the first time this season. Little explanation needed here since LaRoche is the only one the has hit consistently through all the ups-and-downs of the offense. He’s reached base safely in 13 straight games, hitting .435 during that span.

“We’ve been swinging hot and cold so I figured we’d get one of our hotter hitters up there and hopefully see it if works,” Russell said.


0000009099_20060920160602.jpgMcLouth, a die-hard Red Wings fan, will certainly be in line to receive some jabs should the Pens steal Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals from Detroit later tonight. (McLouth has made it no secret who he is rooting for). But any ridicule he might get because of his hockey allegiance was already matched by the jabs he got earlier this afternoon.

Sporting a new hair cut — much much shorter — McLouth walked up to his clubhouse stall to find a picture of Spencer Pratt of MTV’s The Hills reality show (pictured left) taped on his locker. A bit of a resemblance between the two for sure.

Maybe the laughs can loosen McLouth back up at the plate as well. He has just one hit in his last 25 at-bats and nine strikeouts during that span.

“Nate’s going through a little bit of a struggle,” Russell said. “He’s a guy we’re going to count on tremendously. He’s going to be out there tomorrow to give him a break to regroup mentally. He’s swinging the bat much better. I think he’s getting closer. I think giving him a day off will be good for him.”


Spoke with Tyler Yates, who was quite relieved with the results of recent tests on his right elbow. Yates went to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., to get a second opinion on his elbow and Andrews confirmed that there is no structural or ligament damage. Just inflammation. Yates said he expects to start long toss again soon and then will progress based on how he feels.

He admitted to also having feared the worst — season-ending surgery — earlier this week.


During his pregame session with the media, Russell also gave props to reliever Donnie Veal for the job that he did in relief on Friday. It wasn’t all pretty — two innings, 50 pitches, three hits, one walk, one run — but considering Veal hadn’t pitched in 21 days, it wasn’t all that bad.

“It shows he has an idea of what he’s doing,” Russell said. “I think his mechanics have come a long way and give him a chance to compete. To not pitch in three weeks and do what he did last night, that’s pretty phenomenal.”

Russell also said that he expects Veal to be looked at seriously as a starting pitcher in the organization after the Pirates get him through this season as a Rule 5 pick in the bullpen.


Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (CF)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Craig Monroe (LF)
  5. Eric Hinske (1B)
  6. Delwyn Young (RF)
  7. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Jeff Karstens (RHP)

Astros lineup:

  1. Michael Bourn (CF)
  2. Miguel Tejada (SS)
  3. Lance Berkman (1B)
  4. Carlos Lee (LF)
  5. Hunter Pence (RF)
  6. Ivan Rodriguez (C)
  7. Jeff Keppinger (3B)
  8. Edwin Maysonet (2B)
  9. Wandy Rodriguez (LHP) 



May 24: Pirates (19-24) @ White Sox (19-23)

After another hitter’s meeting this morning (the third of the series), the Bucs have the task of doing to Mark Buehrle what they have not been able to do off any White Sox pitcher this series — score. The Pirates carry a 20-inning scoreless streak heading into the game.

Sure has been a different series here this year as opposed to last. The results — all losses — have been the same, but the method quite different. It’s hard to forget last year’s offensive onslaught by the White Sox. Frustrating as that was to handle, these last two games might have been even more trying. Nearly two complete games from their starters and the Pirates have no win to show for it.

Maybe a little lineup shuffle will get it down for the Pirates. Delwyn Young, Eric Hinske and Craig Monroe are all in there today. Freddy Sanchez has been bumped to the No. 3 hole, despite his 6-for-40 skid. Adam LaRoche gets the day off even though he’s 3-for-7 in his career against Buehrle. Nate McLouth also gets the day off.

Oh and one positive note out of the last few days, manager John Russell’s bullpen has finally had time to rest. See, you can’t say that all has been bad.

Not much in terms of news today. Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation) threw from 90 feet this morning, his longest distance yet, and said he felt better than he did when he first threw again two days ago.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (RF)
  3. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  4. Craig Monroe (DH)
  5. Eric Hinske (1B)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Brandon Moss (LF)
  8. Robinzon Diaz (C)
  9. Jack Wilson (SS)

RHP Jeff Karstens

White Sox lineup:

  1. Scott Podsednik (CF)
  2. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
  3. Jim Thome (DH)
  4. Paul Konerko (1B)
  5. AJ Pierzynski (C)
  6. Carlos Quentin (LF)
  7. Brian Anderson (RF)
  8. Chris Getz (2B)
  9. Josh Fields (3B)

LHP Mark Buehrle