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Game 37: Dodgers (17-20) @ Pirates (18-18)

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In case you missed it earlier, the Pirates made two roster moves prior to Wednesday’s game. Jose Ascanio was reinstated from the DL and is here and available for Wednesday’s game. Mike Crotta was placed on the 15-day DL with right posterior elbow inflammation. More details on those moves can be found here.

More news and notes for the day:

  • UPDATE: Neil Walker was scratched from the lineup just before gametime due to flu-like symptoms. Ronny Cedeno took Walker’s place at second, while Brandon Wood stepped in to play short.
  • Jose Tabata is out of the lineup to take a day to work on specifics with his swing. It’s no secret the last few weeks have not been kind to Tabata, who was the most consistent hitter at the start of the season. Tabata’s season average has dropped to .226 as he has just nine hits in his last 67 at-bats.
  • Crotta said that he had been bothered by the elbow discomfort for about a week. He didn’t, however, let anyone know until after his outing last night. An MRI done on his elbow came out fine today, and maybe this is an explanation as to why Crotta was having so much trouble keeping his pitches down lately. Crotta is headed to Bradenton on Thursday, where he will remain to rehab his arm.
  • The plan is not to throw Ascanio into late-inning, high-leverage situations right away if at all possible. The Pirates would like to ease him into a bullpen role, particularly to see if his numbers during a Triple-A rehab stint are indicative of his command and stuff. Ascanio did not fare all that well in the rehab assignment, though sometimes those results can mean nothing. As Ascanio said on Wednesday, he starts with all zeroes now.
  • Chris Resop, who threw 41 pitches on Tuesday, is the only reliever not available for the Pirates tonight.
  • With Andrew McCutchen’s two homers last night, he sure looked like the No. 3 hitter manager Clint Hurdle envisioned heading into the season. To this point, though, Hurdle has no intention of moving McCutchen back down in the order. “He seems to be more comfortable now. His swing is playing right there. I’m going to leave him right there.”
  • If Hurdle did want to move McCutchen down in the order, who would he even be able to put in the leadoff spot, especially with Tabata struggling?
  • Ross Ohlendorf is not currently throwing — not off the mound, not off flat ground. After throwing his session of live batting practice on Friday, Ohlendorf felt some shoulder soreness and opted to take a few days off to rest his arm. He said he expects to resume throwing in Milwaukee. Ohlendorf’s timetable just keeps getting pushed back by one thing after another. I don’t see any way he is back by the end of the month.
  • Evan Meek said he felt good during a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. He’ll play catch on Thursday, long toss Friday and throw another side session on Saturday. Then he’ll head out to Triple-A Indianapolis for two rehab appearances.
  • Brian Burres was a hard-luck loser in Triple-A Indianapolis’ game earlier today. Burres allowed only one run on four hits in seven innings, but Indianapolis’ offense never scored.
  • Altoona, on the other hand, had a huge offensive day in their morning contest. The Curve scored 13 runs for starter Jeff Locke, who allowed two runs in six innings. Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer and Miles Durham all had three hits in the win. Mercer had two homers and drove in five.
  • The Pirates have brought back their “You Score as the Bucs Score promotion” for this weekend’s series against the Brewers. For those who are unfamiliar with how the promotion works, all the details can be found here. The discounted tickets are for the upcoming series against the Tigers (May 20-22). Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke will both be pitching for Milwaukee during that series.
  • General manager Neal Huntington will hold a pirates.com chat with readers at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. The chat was initially scheduled for Wednesday, so sorry for any confusion.

Lineups:

PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), X. Paul (LF), G. Jones (RF), L . Overbay (1B), C. Snyder (C), P. Alvarez (3B), B. Wood (SS), R. Cedeno (2B), P. Maholm (LHP)

DODGERS: J. Carroll (SS), I. DeJesue (2B), A. Ethier (RF), M. Kemp (CF), J. Uribe (3B), R. Barajas (C), J. Sands (LF), R. Mitchell (1B), H. Kuroda (RHP)

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Double-A Altoona roster set

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The Pirates’ Double-A Altoona affiliate has announced its anticipated Opening Day roster. Highlighting the group of players beginning the year in Altoona is catcher Tony Sanchez, outfielder Starling Marte and a starting rotation that will should include Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson and Brian Leach.

The full roster is below:

Pitchers: Tim Alderson, Tom Boleska, Anthony Claggett, Mike Colla, Michael Dubee, Jared Hughes, Noah Krol, Brian Leach, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson

Catchers: Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, Kris Watts

Infielders: Miles Durham, Jeremy Farrell, Shelby Ford, Brock Holt, Jordy Mercer

 Outfielders: Brad Chalk, Jose Hernandez, Quincy Latimore, Starling Marte

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MLB.com’s Top 10 Pirates Prospects

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All month, MLB.com is slowly rolling out its Top 10 prospects list for each club. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s list was revealed. The full story is here for you to read more about each prospect. If you’re just looking for the list, it is as follows:

  1. RHP Jameson Taillon
  2. RHP Stetson Allie
  3. C Tony Sanchez
  4. LHP Rudy Owens
  5. RHP Bryan Morris
  6. RHP Luis Heredia
  7. LHP Jeff Locke
  8. OF Starling Marte
  9. RHP Zack Von Rosenberg
  10. LHP Colton Cain

You agree or disagree with any of the placements? Feel free to discuss…

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Pirates cut 10 from camp

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The Pirates trimmed down the number of players in Major League camp from 54 to 44 this morning. Here are the cuts:

  • Andrew Lambo reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Brian Friday reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Chase d’Arnaud reassigned to Minor League camp
  • Aaron Thompson optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Ramon Aguero optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Jeff Locke optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • Tony Watson optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Gorkys Hernandez optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Alex Presley optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis
  • Daniel Moskos optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis

Now for some specific notes on these players and their assignments:

  • Plan on Lambo being used as a corner outfielder in Indianapolis. It sounds like first base is going to be a fallback option for him. He really made an impression defensively this spring. Heck of an arm.
  • Friday should spend most of his time at second, with d’Arnaud getting the majority of the starts at short. The Pirates value versatility, though, so expect the two to flip flop places from time to time to stay sharp at multiple positions. d’Arnaud, general manager Neal Huntington said, might also play a little at third.
  • Both Presley and Hernandez have played extensively in center field, though now both are headed to Indianapolis. Huntington said Hernandez is likely to be the team’s primary centerfielder, while Presley will bounce around.
  • Though Thompson and Locke were both optioned to Double-A, either one could actually start the year in Triple-A. It all depends on how the pitching shakes out by the end of camp.
  • The organization has not determined whether Watson will be starting or relieving this season.
  • Watson and Moskos were named as two lefty candidates for the Pirates’ bullpen, though the Pirates ultimately determined both could use more seasoning in the Minors before making the jump to Pittsburgh.

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Day 9: Daily Squeeze

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Atkins, Garrett.jpgI’ll admit that watching fielding drills day after day can get a bit monotonous after a while. But there can be times when something catches your eye — which was the case in the relay/cutoff throw drill that third base coach Nick Leyva ran yesterday. There was something different in the instructions than I remember there being last year.

The detail is small, but, after talking with Leyva about it today, he believes it could also be significant. In a situation where a runner is on second and a ball is hit up the middle, Leyva is instructing the first baseman (Lyle Overbay, in most cases) to come to the middle of the infield and be the cutoff man. Last year, that was the third baseman’s duty.

Leyva said that his reasoning for making the change is simple — and he added that 90-95 percent of clubs already position their players this way for cutoffs. By keeping the third baseman on the bag, that forces the baserunner to be more honest. He can’t sneak down the line as far as he might if it was just the shortstop running over to cover. Those few extra feet can make a big impact.

Just something for you to keep an eye on once games begin…

  • Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who missed Monday’s workouts with a muscle spasm in his neck, was back to work early Tuesday morning. He went out to take some swings in the batting cage and then joined his teammates for defensive drills. He appeared to be just fine, though he did not go through a full day’s workout.
  • A total of 13 pitchers threw live batting practice to hitters. Kevin Correia, James McDonald, Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf all took mounds simultaneously to kick things off. Don’t think that grouping was on accident, either. Hurdle had praise for the four members of the Pirates’ rotation afterward, too.
  • One person that was missing from the pack today was right-hander Jose Ascanio. GM Neal Huntington confirmed that Ascanio felt some tightness in his right elbow on Monday and is, as a precautionary measure, taking it easy for a few days. Ascanio had thrown his first bullpen session on Sunday. The good news is that the Pirates don’t believe the discomfort is anything more serious than a day-to-day issue, and Ascanio was already ahead enough in his workload (he pitched in winter ball through December) that this won’t set him back at all. 
  • The position players’ first drill of the day was working on hit and runs, delayed steals and reading balls in the dirt. The emphasis on the hit-and-run play was for a player to keep his lead consistent so as not to give away that he’s running. The coaching staff is pushing players to try to move first to third on a single this year, in what is being defined as “disciplined aggression.” For the most part, if the ball touches grass on the way through the infield, the expectation is that a player advances to third. The coaches also talked about the importance of knowing where the outfielders are in order to get the best read on the ball.
  • “Shin guards tell the story,” Hurdle said, as he walked over while the Pirates position players were deciding whether to advance on balls in the dirt. “This is a game changer right here and anyone can do it.” You better believe Hurdle is going to expect his players to.
  • Catchers spent some time practicing blocking balls in the dirt, as their priority was on the other side of the play.
  • Pitchers and position players worked together through signs to know who covers on a stolen base attempt. Then the groups split up for some individual work. The infielders took grounders, with Neil Walker working specifically on taking a double play feed from the shortstop. Outfielders tracked fly balls. Pitchers practiced covering first base on a grounder to the right side.
  • Garrett Atkins was taking his infield work at first base after working at third on Monday. Corey Wimberly, who is getting work in the outfield and infield, spent time at both second and short. Moving these utility players around will continue to be a key component of workouts: “They don’t seem like a high priority position, but when you can stabilize your roster with a guy that is versatile, they are very valuable,” Hurdle said. “We have a handful of guys that we’re looking at in that situation.”
  • Hurdle announced after practice that he will be using seven pitchers for one inning apiece in Friday’s exhibition game against the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Aaron Thompson will make the start and be followed by Tyler Yates, Jeff Locke, Michael Crotta, Justin Wilson, Kyle McPherson and Rudy Owens.
  • Hurdle said he will announce the beginning of his Grapefruit League pitching assignments on Wednesday.
  • Yates is not throwing live batting practice with the rest of the group, though he has not had any sort of setback. Pitching coach Ray Searage thought Yates would instead be better served having a supervised side session on Wednesday where the focus could be on the right-hander’s mechanics. Yates was actually so far ahead in his throwing program that he had thrown batting practice before the start of Spring Training.
  • On the field as guests today were members of the Manatee adult baseball league. They fielded balls in the outfield during batting practice. Tomorrow, the Manatee High School baseball team will be at Pirate City to do that.

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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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Alderson demoted; Bixler re-acquired

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Before witnessing balls launched out of Angel Stadium, here are some Pirates Minor League news and notes for the day:

  • Right-hander Tim Alderson, the only player acquired from San Francisco in the Freddy Sanchez trade, has been demoted to high-A. Alderson, 21, had been in Double-A since early in the 2009 season. Before allowing five earned runs on seven hits in three innings of a suspended game on Monday, Alderson was 7-5 with a 5.30 ERA in 17 games. He had walked 26 and struck out 57. Here is what farm director Kyle Stark said about the demotion: “We felt like we needed to get Alderson off the treadmill of surviving and trying to get Double-A hitters out, and shifted to focusing on taking the steps necessary to get on track to getting Major League hitters out. This is a big picture move focused on his delivery, mentality, and understanding of who he needs to be as a pitcher.”
  • As Alderson was sent down, lefty Jeff Locke was promoted to Altoona from high-A Bradenton. Locke, who was acquired as part of the Nate McLouth trade, was 9-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 games with the Marauders. He walked 14 and struck out 83 in 86 1/3 innings. He will take Alderson’s place in the Curve’s rotation.
  • The Pirates have re-acquired infielder Brian Bixler from the Indians organization. The Pirates traded Bixler to the Indians for Minor Leaguer Jesus Brito back in January. Bixler was hitting .278 with 13 doubles, three homers and 27 RBIs in 64 games with Triple-A Columbus at the time of the trade. Why did the Pirates take Bixler back? GM Neal Huntington: “He became available, Kyle was looking for a versatile right-handed hitter for Triple-A, and it was a good fit.”
  • West Virginia’s Nathan Baker was named the South Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday after not allowing an earned run in 14 innings last week. The left-hander pitched 14 innings, striking out 12 and walking just two. On Tuesday, Baker threw eight no-hit innings. The fifth-round Draft pick in 2009 is 6-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 16 starts this year.
  • Kevin Decker (State College) also earned Pitcher-of-the-Week honors, his for the New-York Penn League. He pitched 10 scoreless innings for the Spikes last week, allowing only five hits, two walks and striking out nine. The left-hander was a 39th-round pick for the Pirates this year out of the College of Charleston.

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Lynchburg takes Carolina League Championship

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Behind a 4-for-5 night form shortstop Jordy Mercer, the Lynchburg Hillcats sealed a Carolina League Championship series sweep with an 8-7 win over the Salem Red Sox on Thursday night.

Mercer had two doubles, drove in two and scored once in the win, which was highlighted by the Hillcats’ six-run second inning. Outfielder Jamie Romak finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while second baseman Chase D’Arnaud drove in two.

The win went to Michael Colla, who pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jeff Locke, one of three players acquired in June for Nate McLouth, allowed four runs on six hits and lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his start. The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth and once in the ninth to pull within one, but reliever Ronald Uviedo sealed the win and collected the save.

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Where are they now? And how are they doing? Take 5

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The now weekly feature where we check in on those gone elsewhere and those recent arrivals from this summer’s flurry of trades. We’ll have one more update next week after the end of the Minor League seasons. As always, today’s statistics are accurate through Tuesday’s games.

Those now in the Pirates’ system (and remember, we don’t include those with the big-league team since you see them all the time):

  • OF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): You’ll be able to read more about the budding outfielder in a feature I am working on for pirates.com on Thursday (I apologize for the shameless plug). But in the meantime, here are his stats: In 80 games with Double-A Altoona, Hernandez has hit .258 with 18 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and 44 runs scored. He is nine for 14 in stolen base attempts.
  • LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): In 16 starts with high-A Lynchburg, Locke has gone 3-4 with a 4.44 ERA. He has walked 18 and struck out 50 in 75 innings.
  • SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): With Triple-A Indianapolis, Diaz has hit .232 in 37 games. He has just one extra-base hit, though, and six RBIs. In the field, Diaz has committed six errors.
  • RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Since the trade, Strickland has made seven starts for low-A West Virginia. He has gone 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 37 innings. He has walked six and struck out 22.
  • RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): With Lynchburg, Adcock has gone 3-2 with a 6.16 ERA in six appearances (three starts). He has struck out 11 and walked six in 19 total innings.
  • 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Clement is still expected to be called up to the big leagues this month, likely after Indianapolis finishes its season on Sept. 7. In 25 games with Indianapolis, Clement has hit .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. He has really struggled at the plate as of late, however.
  • RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): In six starts with West Virigina, Lorin has gone 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA. In 29 1/3 innings, Lorin has 23 strikeouts and 10 walks.
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Pribanic has also been pitching with West Virginia, where he has gone 3-1 in five appearances (four starts). Pribanic has a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings and has walked four while striking out 12. 
  • RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): The premier pitching prospect that the Pirates acquired, Alderson has gone 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA in six starts with Altoona since the trade. In 33 2/3 innings, Alderson has issued 10 walks and struck out 18.
  • IF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison has split time playing second and third with Lynchburg. At the plate, he has hit .281 in 28 games.

And those we said good-bye to (you’ll see an injury theme here):

  • OF Nate McLouth: McLouth has been bothered by a hamstring injury for over a month and is currently still on the DL with the left hamstring strain. In the 56 games he has played with the Braves, McLouth has hit .260 with six homers, 16 doubles and 22 RBIs.
  • OF Nyjer Morgan: Morgan is out for the season after fracturing his left hand last week. Before the injury, Morgan hit .351 with 12 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases for the Nationals.
  • LHP Sean Burnett: The lefty reliever has made 27 appearances out of the ‘pen for Washington. He has allowed seven earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.
  • 1B Adam LaRoche: Since joining Atlanta, LaRoche has hit .354 in 28 games. He has driven in 19 and gone deep eight times.  
  • RHP Ian Snell: Snell is still pitching out of the Mariners’ rotation, where he is so far 3-1 with a 5.10 ERA in six starts. In his most recent three starts, Snell has allowed just four earned runs in 16 2/3 innings. 
  • SS Jack Wilson: After missing almost two weeks in August with a hamstring injury, Wilson has recently returned to the lineup for Seattle. In all, he has hit .203 with five RBIs in 21 games with Seattle.
  • 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez is currently on the DL with a right shoulder strain. The DL stint will cost him the chance at reaching 600 plate appearances and therefore automatically vesting his 2010 option. As a result, Sanchez will become a free agent at the end of the year. In the 13 games he has played with the Giants, Sanchez has hit .304 with five RBIs.
  • LHP John Grabow: In 16 relief appearances with the Cubs, Grabow has pitched 13 scoreless innings. He has walked nine and struck out eight.
  • LHP Tom Gorzelanny: After making four starts for the Cubs, Gorzelanny has since moved to the bullpen. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. Gorzelanny has struck out 21 and walked six. 

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Where are they now? And how are they doing? Take 4

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Time for the weekly check-in on all those players netted and sent off by the club this summer. As is the case when I do this each week, listed are the players acquired who are not already with the Major League club, followed by the now-former Pirates. All stats are accurate through Monday.

Those now in the Pirates’ system…

  • OF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): In 72 games with Double-A Altoona, Hernandez has hit .261 with 11 doubles, two triples, three homers and 23 RBIs. He is 9 for 14 in stolen base attempts.
  • LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): Locke has made 14 starts with high-A Lynchburg since the early June trade. He is 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings pitched, Locke has struck out 42 and walked 16.
  • SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): Diaz’s average is up (yes, up) to .200 through his first 29 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. Diaz has driven in just two and has 22 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. He has committed six errors.
  • RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): In five starts for low Single-A West Virginia, Strickland is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA. He has walked just two while fanning 15 in 28 innings. 
  • RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): Adcock has made four appearances (two starts) for Lynchburg, where he is 3-0. In 14 innings, Adcock has allowed five earned runs, four walks and struck out 10.  
  • 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Clement will join the Pirates as a September call-up soon, but in the meantime he continues to produce for Indianapolis. He has hit .241 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 23 games. The biggest question for Clement, though, remains his defensive abilities at first. 
  • RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): In four starts for West Virginia, Lorin has allowed five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. He has struck out 13, while walking eight.  
  • RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Pribanic is also pitching for West Virginia, where he is 2-1 in four appearances (three starts). He has allowed six earned runs and five homers in 20 innings. 
  • RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): Alderson is 2-0 in four starts with Double-A Altoona, though he has stumbled a bit in his most recent two outings. Alderson, who is pitching for the Curve on Tuesday, has allowed nine earned runs in 20 2/3 innings. He has struck out 14 and walked seven. 
  • INF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison is with Lynchburg, where he has played in 22 games since the trade. He has hit .289 and driven in 11 runs.

And now to those who went elsewhere…

  • OF Nate McLouth: McLouth is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring. He has missed time with injuries three different times since being traded to the Braves in early June. In 56 games with Atlanta, McLouth has hit .260 with six homers and 22 RBIs. He has stolen 10 bases.
  • OF Nyjer Morgan: Morgan has not slowed down since joining the Nationals, as he is hitting. 351 in 48 games with Washington. The centerfielder has scored 34 runs and stolen 22 bases. 
  • LHP Sean Burnett: Pitching out of the Nationals’ bullpen, Burnett has made 24 appearances since the trade. He has allowed seven earned runs in 21 innings, while walking eight and striking out 16. 
  • 1B Adam LaRoche: After the Pirates traded LaRoche to Boston, the Red Sox flipped him to the Braves, where the first baseman has thrived. He has already gone deep seven times in just 20 games and has driven in 16. LaRoche is hitting .406 with the Braves. 
  • SS Jack Wilson: Wilson has just returned to the field after missing 12 days with a hamstring injury. He has played in 14 games with the Mariners and is hitting .204 since the trade.
  • RHP Ian Snell: Snell remains in Seattle’s rotation and has made five starts so far for the Mariners. The results have been mixed. Altogether, Snell is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA there. He has walked 17 and struck out just 13 in 25 innings. 
  • 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez has not played since Aug. 17, as he remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. He has been plagued with injuries since being traded to the Giants, which has him not looking as likely to reach 600 plate appearances and therefore make his $8 million club option for next year automatic. In the 13 games he has played with San Francisco, Sanchez has hit .304. 
  • LHP John Grabow: Grabow has made 11 appearances out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Cubs. He has yet to allow a run in nine innings. Grabow has allowed two hits, walked seven and struck out five.
  • LHP Tom Gorzelanny: Gorzelanny continues to pitch in the Cubs’ rotation while Chicago waits for all of its starters to get healthy. The lefty is 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts.

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