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• Outfielder Jeff Salazar, promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis and reliever Joel Hahranan, acquired from the Nationals as part of the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade, both arrived in the clubhouse at about 4 p.m. Salazar’s status for tonight remains in limbo due to an “extenuating circumstance.” As of mid-afternoon, he still had not been added to the 25-man roster due to a formality. Outfielder Craig Monroe, designated for assignment on June 19, was officially released.

• Three members of the Altoona Curve, including former first-round pick Daniel Moskos, were named to the Eastern League all-star team today. Joining Moskos are shortstop Brian Friday and outfielder/first baseman Jason Delaney. They will play for the Southern Division team July 15 in Trenton, N.J. Moskos, a left-handed pitcher, is 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA and has pitched at least five innings in each of his past 13 starts. Friday is batting .259 and Delaney .286.

• Outfielder Garrett Jones will bat third for the Pirates. In his only other shot in the majors he flopped, hitting .208 with two home runs and five RBI in 31 games with the Twins in 2007.

“The first time I was up, I didn’t feel like I performed the way I wanted to. I felt I did belong here. I got a second chance and it feels great. … Hopefully, it’s a long-term thing. I need to prove myself and prove I belong here. I think I’m going to do that.”

• Eric Hinske’s old locker in the Pirates’ clubhouse remains in a good hands. Paul Maholm moved into the empty space located next to catcher Ryan Doumit in a corner of the clubhouse.

“This is prime real estate,” Maholm said. “I came over and took it.” Rookie Jeff Salazar will move into Maholm’s old spot.

– John Grupp

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