SAN FRANCISCO — Two Pirates minor leaguers were among 12 minor league players who received 50-game suspensions today for using a performance-enhancing substance.
Infielder Kelly Aponte and Julio Joves, who both play in the Venezuelan Summer League, were punished for using the anabolic steroid Nandrolone. Their suspensions will begin at the start of next season.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
GIANTS — Winn LF, Schierholtz RF, Aurilia 3B, Molina C, Sandoval 1B, Rowand CF, Burriss SS, Velez 2B, Correia (2-7, 7.29) RHP
PIRATES — Morgan LF, Sanchez 2B, McLouth CF, Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Moss RF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Bixler SS, Duke (4-13, 5.14) LHP
Ryan Doumit, Adam LaRoche, Freddy Sanchez and Brandon Moss are among the Pirates’ regulars who are getting the day off as the Pirates try for the three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at 12:35 p.m. today at Great American Ball Park. Jack Wilson will miss his third consecutive game with a bruised right index finger. Chris Gomez will start at second for Sanchez. Doug Mientkiewicz (first base), Raul Chavez (catcher) and Steve Pearce (right field) also are in the starting lineup on a getaway day for the Pirates. Luis Cruz Tom Gorzelanny (6-9, 6.61 ERA) will start against former Pirate Josh Fogg (2-7, 7.29).
Pirates — Nate McLouth CF, Chris Gomez 2B, Doug Mientkiewicz 1B, Jason Michaels LF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Steve Pearce RF, Luis Cruz SS, Raul Chavez C, Tom Gorzelanny LHP
Reds – Chris Dickerson CF, Jeff Keppinger SS, Brandon Phillips 2B, Joey Votto 1B, Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Jay Bruce RF, Ryan Hanigan C, Wilkin Castillo LF, Josh Fogg RHP
Wilson out of lineup again
Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (1-1, 6.53) will make his first major-league start, as the Pirates visit the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 tonight at Great American Ball Park. Edinson Volquez (16-5, 3.04) will start for the Reds. Freddy Sanchez, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday on his sore right shoulder, is back in the lineup, while his double-play partner, shortstop Jack Wilson, will miss his second consecutive start with a bruised right index finger. Brian Bixler, recalled on Tuesday, will start at shortstop for the Pirates, who snapped a 10-game losing streak in the opener.
Pirates – Nyjer Morgan LF, Freddy Sanchez 2B, Nate McLouth CF, Ryan Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Brandon Moss RF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Brian Bixler SS, Ross Ohlendorf RHP
Reds – Chris Dickerson LF, Jeff Keppinger SS, Brandon Phillips 2B, Joey Votto 1B, Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Jay Bruce RF, Corey Patterson CF, Paul Bako C, Edinson Volquez RHP
Shortstop Luis Cruz, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, will make his major-league debut for the Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 tonight at Great American Ballpark. Cruz, the son of a former Mexican League star by the same name, is starting in place of Jack Wilson, who sustained a bruised right index finger Sunday against the Brewers. Cruz will be second. Ian Snell (5-10, 5.77 ERA) will start against Aaron Harang (4-14, 5.27), as the Pirates attempt to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Pirates – Nyjer Morgan LF, Luis Cruz SS, Nate McLouth CF, Ryan Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Brandon Moss RF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Luis Rivas 2B, Ian Snell RHP
Reds – Chris Dickerson LF, Jeff Keppinger SS, Brandon Phillips 2B, Joey Votto 1B, Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Jay Bruce RF, Ryan Hanigan C, Corey Patterson CF, Aaron Harang RHP