PHOENIX — Delwyn Young’s eyes got large and his jaw dropped as he took his first look at the lineup card this morning. The surprise wasn’t the fact that he is starting, as it is where he’s playing.
Third base. Today’s game will be his major league debut at the position.
“He’s a utility guy, so he’s going to play all over,” manager John Russell said. “Delwyn should be fine (at third).”
– The entire front office braintrust — GM Neal Huntington, farm director Kyle Stark, scouting director Greg Smith and director of baseball operations Tyrone Brooks — is at Chase Field today. Earlier this morning, they chatted with Russell for about a half hour on the field.
– The Pirates have not begun a season with back-to-back series wins since 2003, when they swept Cincy and took two of three against Philly.
– The Pirates are 6 for 6 in stolen base attempts.
– Octavio Dotel’s 1-2-3 ninth inning last night locked up his 84th career save. It was his first since July 9, 2008 (for the White Sox) and his first in the NL since June 21, 2004 (for the Astros).
– Since being moved atop the lineup at the end of spring training, Aki Iwamura has hit 11 for 38, including two homers, with seven runs scored. In 262 games as a leadoff hitter, Iwamura has a .274 batting average and .347 on-base percentage.
– Joel Hanrahan (elbow) tossed one scoreless inning last night for Class A Bradenton and is ready to come off the DL. We’ll see him tomorrow in San Francisco.
Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Pirates (3-2) – 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Lastings Milledge lf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Ryan Church rf, 6. Delwyn Young 3b, 7. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Daniel McCutchen (2010 debut) rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss
Diamondbacks (3-2) – 1. Conor Jackson lf, 2. Stephen Drew ss, 3. Justin Upton rf, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Mark Reynolds 3b, 6. Chris Young cf, 7. Kelly Johnson 2b, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Edwin Jackson (0-1, 5.40) rhp