Pirates-Phillies starting lineups

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PHILLIES – 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Shane Victorino cf, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard cf, 5. Jayson Werth rf, 6. Raul Ibanez lf, 7. Pedro Feliz 3b, 8. Paul Bako c, 9. LHP J.A. Happ (10-2, 2.59)

PIRATES – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andy LaRoche 3b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Steve Pearce 1b, 8. Luis Cruz ss, 9. RHP Charlie Morton (3-6, 5.21)

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Cedeno scratched again

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For the second night in a row, shortstop Ronny Cedeno is a late scratch from the Pirates’ starting lineup. Cedeno (broken pinky finger) took infield and batting practice and initially told manager John Russell he was good to go, but apparently changed his mind a few minutes ago. Luis Cruz will start at short tonight against the Phillies.

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Alvarez, Molleken on World Cup rosters

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Double-A Altoona third baseman Pedro Alvarez and right-handed reliever Dustin Molleken will play in the World Cup. Alvarez will play for Team USA and Molleken will represent his native Canada.

Alvarez and Molleken will leave the Curve after Thursday’s game against Trenton.

Alvarez has hit .325 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 54 games with Altoona. In 16 outings for the Curve, Molleken is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA. Both players started the season with Class A Lynchburg and were promoted June 23.

Team USA will arrive in Germany on Sept. 7, and will face Germany, Venezuela and China in round-robin play.

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Karstens goes on DL

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Jeff Karstens was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, due to lower back soreness. Karstens went on the bereavement list (due to the death of his grandmother) when Phil Dumatrait was activated from the DL. Karstens will be eligible to come off the DL after rosters expand Sept. 1, so there will not have to be any further roster juggling. That a help to the Pirates, who must play an Aug. 31 doubleheader in Cincinnati. Dumatrait “is a candidate” to start one of those games, according to manager John Russell.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

PHILLIES (72-50) — 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Shane Victorino cf, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Jayson Werth rf, 6. Ben Francisco lf, 7. Pedro Feliz 3b, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, 9. Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.78) lhp

PIRATES (52-71) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andy LaRoche 3b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Steve Pearce 1b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.74) lhp

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Cedeno scratched

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Shorststop Ronnie Cedeno was scratched from the lineup tonight against the Phillies. Cedeno has missed three straight games due to a hairline fracture in his left pinky finger. Cedeno can play the field, but the injury makes it very difficult for him to properly grip the bat. Luis Cruz made his third start at short.

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Tabata among AFL picks

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Outfielder Jose Tabata is among the seven prospects the Pirates will send to the Arizona Fall League — an almost certain indication he will not get a September call-up to the majors.

Also on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster are pitchers Donnie Veal, Dan Moskos and Tony Watson, and infielders Chase d’Arnaud and Brian Friday. There is one open spot for a pitcher, which will be filled later.

Veal will switch back to a starter in the AFL. Moskos and Watson will pitch out of the bullpen. The Pirates still project Moskos as a starter next season and beyond, but want to minimize his innings count in Arizona.

• Reliever Jeff Karstens is back in Pittsburgh, but has not yet been activated from the bereavement list. Karstens was granted time off to be with his sick grandmother.

• Outfielder Jeff Salazar, who was designated for assignment, cleared waivers and returned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

• Class A State College left-hander Mike Felix, a second-round draft pick in 2006, was benched after a DUI arrest. Felix was arrested early Friday morning in State College and was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday.

• Although lefty Phil Dumatrait missed most of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery, he still was active in workouts and rehab outings. That makes it likely the Pirates simply will shut him down this offseason, rather than ask Dumatrait to pitch in winter ball.

• The Pirates are running another “You score as the Pirates score” promotion during this series against the Phillies. For every run the Pirates score in the three-game set, the price will be reduced by $1 for selected left and right field box seats for the Sept. 4-6 series against the Cardinals. The regular ticket price is $24.

• Lineups for tonight’s game:

PHILLIES (72-50) — 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Shane Victorino cf, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Raul Ibanez lf, 6. Matt Stairs rf, 7. Pedro Feliz 3b, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, 9. Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.86) rhp

PIRATES (51-71) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andy LaRoche 3b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Steve Pearce 1b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Ross Ohlendorf (11-8, 4.15) rhp

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Wise words from KC, cautious words from ’79 Bucs

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Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, the founder and lead singer of KC and the Sunshine Band, was onstage at PNC Park last night wearing a Pirates jersey which had to be a size XXXL. “Don’t laugh. I was your mon’s first crush,” Casey told the crowd. “Take a good look. This is how Justin Timberlake is going to look in 30 years!”

The passage of three decades has been equally unkind to the Pirates. I spoke last night with many of the members of the 1979 team, who were honored before the game against the Reds. They all expressed disbelief — with carefully chosen words; no one wanted to repeat Michael Keaton’s 2006 gaffe by ripping the Pirates while in town as their guest — at how far the franchise has fallen. The ’79 greats talked about how the Pirates always seemed to have a constant supply of talent, which earned the franchise a first-class reputation. They all seemed uncomfortable — embarrassed, perhaps — by the collection of inexperienced players with practically no standout, veteran presence which took the field last night.

• Last night, lefty Phil Dumatrait pitched one scoreless inning in relief. It was his first outing in the majors since July 7, 2008. Any butterflies? “You know, no,” he said. “I was excited. My adrenaline was going. It’s been a long road back, with all the setbacks and anything. It was great to be back on the mound.”

• The Pirates will run another “You score as the Pirates score” promotion for the upcoming series against the Phillies. For every run the Pirates score in the three-game set, the price will be reduced by $1 for selected left and right field box seats for the Sept. 4-6 series against the Cardinals. The regular ticket price is $24.

• Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

REDS (51-71) — 1. Chris Dickerson cf, 2. Paul Janish ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Brandon Phillips 2b, 5. Scott Rolen 3b, 6. Lancve Nix lf, 7. Jonny Gomes rf, 8. Ryan Hanigan c, 8. , 9. Homer Bailey (2-4, 7.53) rhp

PIRATES (51-70) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Lastings Milledge lf, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6.Brandon Moss rf, 7. Ramon Vazquez 3b, 8. Brian Bixler ss, 9. Kevin Hart (4-2, 4.00) rhp

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Parker lobbies for HOF status

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With Jim Rice getting into the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility, it could give Dave Parker a boost on future ballots. Yet, Parker doesn’t believe it should have to come to that. Parker, who’s in town tonight for a reunion of the 1979 World Series champs, insists he should already be in the Hall.

“You can go into the Hall of Fame and pull out half of them and their numbers aren’t as good as mine,” said Parker, who hit .290 with 339 homers over 19 seasons. “There are very few in there who have gone in recently who were as important to their team as I was. I was always The Guy or one of The Guys. I became one of The Guys at the latter part of my career, at (age) 39 or 40. I was probably one of the most instrumental guys, as far as my teams having success.”

Parker was not The Guy with the ’79 Pirates — that honor, of course, belonged to Willie Stargell. But Park does make a valid point about his productivity. Parker’s image was tarnished, and his chances of making the Hall were diminished, by his admitted drug use and the 1985 MLB drug trial which was conducted in Pittsburgh.

“That could be part of it,” Parker admitted. “I should have won the MVP that year, by the way. There was a trial. I took responsibility for my participation in it. That happened 24 years ago. And along with that, you’ve got the steroid issue now. Baseball and the United States are supposed to be two forgiving entities — why haven’t they forgiven me? Deal with me for what I’ve done and for my numbers and just forgive. In ’75, my first year as a regular (starter), people started identifying me as one of the best players in the game, and then later on as the best player. If the media can do that, they should be able to look at me and look at my numbers and say, ‘This guy is a Hall-of-Famer.’ “

• Parker grinned when I asked him what kind of damage he could’ve done with PNC Park as his home field.

“I don’t know, but I would’ve loved to try it,” he said.

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• Andrew McCutchen probably is the closest thing the Pirates have had to Omar Moreno since … well, Omar Moreno.

“I’ll have to go meet him today,” Moreno said. “I want to see him play.”

Moreno, who operates a baseball school in his native Panama, was visibly happy to be back around with his old teammates.

“In Pittsburgh, I feel like I’m in my second country,” he said.

• With Ronny Cedeno out, utility man Luis Cruz tonight made just his third start. Cruz can play a lot of positions, but in a way that works against him being in the starting lineup “He is so versatile (and) when it gets late in the game you need that guy on the bench,” Russell said. “He has so much value that way, sometimes it hinders him getting in the lineup. “With the role he’s in, we’re not expecting him to hit. We need him to play defense more than anything.”

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Cedeno out with broken finger

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Shortstop Ronny Cedeno broke the tip of his right pinky finger and will out until at least Tuesday. Cedeno sustained the injury last night while fielding a grounder.

“After that, I could barely swing the bat,” Cedeno said. “I was swinging one-handed.”

Manager John Russell is hopeful the injury will not put Cedeno on the disabled list.

“We were assured by the doctors that it’s something he can play with once the swelling goes down,” Russell said.

Cedeno has hit four homers in 19 games since arriving from Seattle in the Jack Wilson trade.

• Tuesday, reliever Evan Meek, who’s on the 60-day DL due to a strained oblique, will begin working out at the team complex in Bradenton, Fla.

• Twenty-two members of the 1979 World Series team will be introduced on the field before tonight’s game.

“A few of those guys already have stopped by the clubhouse,” Russell said. “It’s important for our players to know the heritage and history of Pirates baseball.”

• Ex-Buccos injury updates (each with a familiar ring): San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez has missed the past four games due to a sore shoulder. Sanchez has sat out eight of 21 games since the Pirates traded him to the Giants. … Atlanta outfielder Nate McLouth is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. … Seattle shortstop Jack Wilson is day to day with a sore hamstring. It’s the same hammy that nagged Wilson before he was dealt to the Mariners.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

REDS (51-59) — 1. Drew Stubbs cf, 2. Adam Rosales 3b, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Brandon Phillips 2b, 5. Jonny Gomes rf, 6. Wladimir Balentein lf, 7. Ryan Hanigan c, 8. Paul Janish ss, 9. Justin Lehr (2-0, 2.42) rhp

PIRATES (49-70) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andy LaRoche 3b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6.Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Steve Pearce 1b, 8. Luis Cruz ss, 9. Zach Duke (9-11, 3.42) lhp

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Dumatrait activated; Karstens on leave

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Phil Dumatrait is back on the Pirates’ roster for the first time in more than a year. The lefty was activated today off the 60-day disabled list and probably will be used as a reliever/spot starter. To make room for Dumatrait, righty Jeff Karstens was placed on the bereavement list. Karstens is on his way to San Diego to be with his sick grandmother.

• When Donnie Veal goes to the Arizona Fall League, the Pirates plan to convert him back to a starter. That removes another option from an already thin list of left-handed candidates for next season’s bullpen.

The team likely will, as manager John Russell has suggested, go shopping for a lefty this offseason. But general manager Neal Huntington does not rate it his top priority.

“A good major league setup reliever, right or left, beats a bad left-handed specialist,” Huntington said, noting that the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angles have been title contenders without dominant lefties.

The Pirates’ bullpen could, in theory, get by without a left-hander — but only if the rotation does its job.

“If you have starters who go deep into the game on a consistent basis, you can go one-hitter or two-hitter matchups in the eighth or ninth inning,” Huntington said.

• Lineups for tonight’s game:

REDS — 1. Chris Dickerson lf, 2. Drew Stubbs cf, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Lance Nix rf, 5. Adam Rosales 3b, 6. Drew Sutton 2b, 7. Ryan Hanigan c, 8. Paul Janish ss, 9. Micah Owings (6-11, 4.35) rhp

PIRATES (48-70) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andy LaRoche 3b, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6.Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Steve Pearce 1b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Charlie Morton (2-6, 5.51) rhp

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