Fundamentals first


It’s four hours before game time and at least 90 degrees on the turf @ PNC Park, and the Pirates are working on their PFPs. Bunt drills. Rundowns. Grounders. And the ol’ pitcher-cover-first base play (which didn’t work so well in the ninth inning last night for Adam LaRoche and Matt Capps).

• Lineups for tonight’s game:

ROYALS — 1. DeJesus lf, 2. Bloomquist cf, 3. Butler 1b, 4. Guillen rf, 5. Olivo c, 6. Callaspo ss, 7. Teahen 3b, 8. Hernandez 6. Bruce Chen lhp

PIRATES — 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. Robinzon Diaz c, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Paul Maholm (4-4, 4.38) lhp