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September 4: Cardinals (79-56) @ Pirates (53-79)

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Well, it has to get better, folks. Right? After an 0-7 road trip that included sweeps at the hands of the Brewers and Reds, the Pirates are home for six against division foes St. Louis and Chicago. There are certainly numbers to back the projection that the Pirates are bound to break out of this losing streak quickly… though there are as many ominous stats, too.

The good: The Pirates are 35-29 at home this season, which includes wins in seven of nine games last homestand.

The bad: The Cardinals and Cubs have combined to go 14-6 against the Bucs this season.

The ugly: The Pirates have won just two of their last nine games overall and are 19-39 against teams from the NL Central this year.

Oh, and I guess the inevitable countdown can begin — three more games until loss No. 82. Enough said.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • First baseman Jeff Clement is no longer a given to join the club this month. Clement was initially going to be a part of the second wave of call-ups (next Tuesday after the Triple-A season is over), but has been out since Aug. 27 with an oblique strain. The organization is considering sending him to instructional league for extra work this month rather than bringing him up to the big league club right off the injury
  • It’s expected that catcher Robinzon Diaz and shortstop Brian Bixler are the only other two players summoned from Indianapolis’ roster next week.
  • Reliever Jeff Karstens (lower back strain) made another two-inning rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday. He didn’t allow a run and struck out one. He is scheduled to return to the team as soon as his 15 days is up next week.
  • Lefty Donnie Veal (sprained left index finger) will likely remain with Altoona through the Curve’s final set of games and then return to Pittsburgh next week. He has so far pitched 11 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona. He has allowed two earned runs on four hits, walked nine and struck out 16.
  • Right-hander Jose Ascanio continues to throw long toss and is close to being ready to throw off the mound. The Pirates are hopeful that he’ll be able to contribute out of the bullpen for the season’s final two weeks or so.
  • Though he’s not in the lineup, Pittsburgh-area native Neil Walker is preparing to play in his first game at PNC Park. He said he expects 20-25 family and close friends to be in attendance on Friday.
  • Altoona named Pedro Alvarez the team’s Most Valuable Player for the season. After starting the year with Lynchburg, Alvarez played his final 60 games with the Curve. He hit .333 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs. The Curve named Yoslan Herrera (11-1, 3.23 ERA in 23 appearances) the team’s Pitcher of the Year. Catcher Miguel Perez (.266 in 28 games) was given Altoona’s “Unsung Hero Award” largely for being a mentor to the young catchers on the team.
  • Indianapolis catcher Erik Kratz was named to the Triple-A Postseason All-Star Team. He led all IL catchers with 11 homers and 42 RBIs this season. Kratz also represented the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in the mid-season All-Star Game.
  • With final rosters for the World Cup not out, the Pirates will be represented by six players. Those include Alvarez (USA), Brad Lincoln (USA), Dustin Molleken (Canada), R.J. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Tom Boleska (Great Britain) and Gift Ngoepe (South Africa).
  • Also, for those of you who don’t frequent the Triple-A website — — often, I wanted to point you to something that might be of interest. The Indians are currently having a game-worn jersey auction. The auction ends on Sept. 10 and since a number of these jerseys belong to players who are now in Pittsburgh (Andrew McCutchen, Lastings Milledge, Daniel McCutchen, Walker, Garrett Jones) or elsewhere (Tom Gorzelanny, Ian Snell, Jack Wilson), I thought some of you might be interested. Here is the auction link.

Pirates lineup:

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

Cardinals lineup:

  1. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  2. Colby Rasmus (CF)
  3. Albert Pujols (1B)
  4. Matt Holliday (LF)
  5. Ryan Ludwick (RF)
  6. Mark DeRosa (3B)
  7. Yadier Molina (C)
  8. Brendan Ryan (SS)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

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Walker, Vasquez joining Pirates; other Minor League notes

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The Pirates have summoned third baseman Neil Walker and right-hander Virgil Vasquez from Triple-A Indianapolis, wasting no time to add a few extra bodies to the club now that rosters have expanded.

Walker’s first appearance with the Pirates will mark his Major League debut. The Pittsburgh-area native hit .264 with 31 doubles, 14 homers and 69 RBIs in 95 games with Indianapolis this season. He is, however, coming off a fantastic month of August, during which he batted .339 with 14 doubles and four homers. He led the International League with 29 RBIs and 63 total bases.

Walker isn’t expected to get a large number of starts, with Andy LaRoche remaining as the team’s starting third baseman.

Though Vasquez has pitched as a starter all season, he’s not expected to jump into the Pirates’ rotation just yet. He could, though, be called on to spot start later in the month when the Pirates begin limiting the innings for Ross Ohlendorf and Kevin Hart. Right now he’ll provide an extra arm out of the bullpen. 

Vasquez made 19 starts for Indianapolis and went 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA. He also made seven starts with the Pirates earlier this year, going 2-5 with a 6.09 ERA.


Minor League news and notes:

  • Yoslan Herrera has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis to help fill the Indians’ rotation for the final week of the season.
  • The Pirates have acquired lefty Bobby Livingston from Cleveland. Livingston, who has not appeared in the Majors since 2007, split time between Cleveland and Baltimore’s Double-A and Triple-A clubs and combined to go 9-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 26 appearances (24 starts).
  • Lefty Donnie Veal continues his Minor League rehab work with Altoona and will make the start on Tuesday. Veal has pitched nine scoreless rehab innings so far and allowed three hits, one earned run and five walks. He has struck out 11.
  • Rudy Owens was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher on Monday. He went 10-1 with a 1.70 ERA in 19 games with low-A West Virginia. 
  • The Gulf Coast League Pirates wrapped up their season on Monday. The team finished 29-31 and four games behind the GCL North champion Yankees.

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April 13: Astros (1-5) @ Pirates (3-3) – Home Opener

Well, it’s finally Opening Day in Pittsburgh. The Pirates will begin their 81-game slate of home games on Monday before what is expected to be a sellout crowd. In the words of manager John Russell this morning: “It’s going to be a good homestand for us.” The Pirates play three games against the Astros, Braves and Marlins before getting back on the road.

Home Openers haven’t been so kind to the Pirates in recent years. They’ve lost their last four and have won just two since 1994. Yes, 1994.

For those coming to the game, bring your coats and get here early. There are a number of pregame ceremonies/festivities going on before the 1:35 p.m. ET first pitch.

Pre-game festivites are set to begin at 12:50. … Nate McLouth will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove Award at 1 p.m. … Steve Blass, who is beginning his 50th season with the club, will be honored at 1:02 p.m. … Team introductions will take place at 1:10 p.m. … The Pirates will also be wearing Pittsburgh Bureau of Police caps during the game to honor the three officers who were killed in the line of duty nine days ago. The Astros will wear the hats during pre-game introductions.

As for pregame news and notes…

  • Andy LaRoche, who is 0-for-14 this season, gets Monday off as he continues to work through his early season struggles. This will be the third time that Ramon Vazquez has started in place of LaRoche in seven games this season.
  • RHP Jeff Karstens will be available out of the bullpen on Monday for the final time before getting ready for his start on Thursday. If Karstens doesn’t get into Monday’s game, he will throw an extended simulated game after Monday’s game.
  • Triple-A starter Jimmy Barthmaier (elbow) and Single-A prospect Bryan Morris (shoulder) are both scheduled to undergo MRIs on Monday. More will be known later on Monday about the extent of their injuries. Righty Ty Taubenheim has assumed Barthmaier’s spot in Indianapolis’ rotation. Yoslan Herrera has also been promoted to Indy, where he will pitch out of the bullpen.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  6. Brandon Moss (RF)
  7. Ramon Vazquez (3B)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Astros lineup:

  1. Kaz Matsui (2B)
  2. Miguel Tejada (SS)
  3. Lance Berkman (1B)
  4. Carlos Lee (LF)
  5. Hunter Pence (CF)
  6. Jason Michaels (CF)
  7. Jeff Keppinger (3B)
  8. Humberto Quintero (C)
  9. Brian Moehler (RHP)