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May 31, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Veal goes on DL

Donnie Veal is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to yesterday) with a strained right groin. Veal was injured while pitching Friday night. The Pirates will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow — perhaps an opportunity to get a look …

May 30, 2009
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Pirates outlast Astros

Give this to the Pirates — they keep you guessing. One day after being shackled by a 37-year-old right-hander who allows nearly a run an inning, the Pirates knocked around the pitcher with the second-best ERA in baseball. Go figure. …

May 30, 2009
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Astros-Pirates pre-game notes

• Manager John Russell said a day off might help slumping Nate McLouth, mired in a 1 for 25 skid. McLouth’s average has dipped to .250 after being as high as .306 earlier in the month. A .286 career hitter …

May 30, 2009
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Astros-Pirates starting lineups, McLouth sitting h

Nate McLouth, Brandon Moss and Adam LaRoche are out of the starting lineup against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and Andy LaRoche — hitting .435 in his past 13 games — is batting second for the first time this season, as the …

May 29, 2009
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Pirates fall to Astros 6-1

Brian Moehler pitched his first complete game in nearly nine years and the Pirates fell to the Astros, 6-1, on Friday night at PNC Park Rookie Edwin Maysonet went 4 for 4 with four RBI, as the Astros, mired in …

May 29, 2009
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Astros-Pirates pre-game notes; Capps available

&#149 Closer Matt Capps is cleared to pitch tonight, four days after being struck in the right elbow with a line drive at Wrigley Field. Capps threw a side session Thursday. Russell said he won’t hesitate to call on him …

May 29, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Astros-Pirates starting lineups

Here are the starting lineups for the Astros-Pirates game tonight at PNC Park, as the teams open a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. ASTROS — 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Migeul Tejara ss, 3. Lance Berkman 1b, 4. Carlos Lee …

May 27, 2009
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No DL for Capps

CHICAGO — A final decision won’t be made until tomorrow or Friday, but it seems safe to say Matt Capps will not go on the disabled list. Capps was struck by a line drive on his right elbow Monday night. …

May 26, 2009
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Grabow will close; Capps DL decision on hold

CHICAGO — Matt Capps pulled out his cell phone and called up a picture. It was taken in a mirror and showed Capps’ red, swollen right elbow … clearly bearing the imprint of a major-league baseball. “It could have been …

May 26, 2009
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Injury updates

CHICAGO — A laundry list of injury updates: … “We dodged a bullet,” was how GM Neal Huntington described Matt Capps’ elbow injury after he was struck by a line drive last night. X-rays were negative and Capps will be …

 
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