Right fielder Brandon Moss, stuck in an 0-for-15 slump, is getting a three-day breather. He’s out of the lineup tonight and will sit again tomorrow. The Pirates are off Monday, then begin a three-game set Tuesday in Minneapolis against the Twins.
Moss hit his lone home run May 12. He batted .203 in April, .305 in May and is off to a .143 start in June.
“He’s struggling,” manager John Russell said. “I think he’s getting pitches to hit (but) he’s fighting himself a little bit. He needs to relax a little bit.”
• Test results came back clean for reliever Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation), but there still is no timetable for when he’ll try to throw again. “We’re taking it slow,” Russell said. Yates has been out since May 16 and had a setback Tuesday when he tried to throw a simulated game.
• Right-hander Charlie Morton (hamstring) threw soft toss and jogged this afternoon and is 50-50 for his next scheduled start Tuesday. If he cannot pitch, the off day will allow the Pirates to keep the rotation on its usual schedule.
• The New York Yankees reportedly are jumping into the bidding for Dominican phenom Miguel Angel Sano. ESPN the Magazine indicated the Yanks are willing to offer $3 million for the 16-year-old. The Pirates are undoubtedly interested, but apparently will have to cough up $4 million or more or, in other words, nearly half as much as they have budgeted for the entire 2009 first-year player draft.
• Lynchburg closer R.J. Rodriguez was added to the Class A Carolina League mid-season all-star team. Lynchburg outfielder Miles Durham and catcher Kris Watts also are on the team, which will play the California League all-stars June 23 in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Rodriguez, a 24-year-old right-hander, is 4-1 with 11 saves and a 3.27 ERA. This is his first year with Lynchburg after spending the past three seasons in the San Diego Padres system.
• Righty Rafael De Los Santos was added to Lynchburg’s roster and lefty Tyler Cox was sent to short-season A State College.
• The Pirates signed right-hander Tyler Herron and assigned him to Double-A Altoona. Herron was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first-round draft pick (46th overall) in 2005. To clear roster space, righty Moises Robles was reassigned to Class A Lynchburg.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
TIGERS 1. Ryan Rayburn cf, 2. Placido Polanco 2b, 3. Marcus Thames lf, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1b, 5. Magglio Ordonez rf, 6. Brandon Inge 3b, 7. Gerald Laird c, 8. Adam Everett ss, 9. Armando Galarraga (3-6, 5.19) rhp
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. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Zach Duke (6-4, 3.07) lhp