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Sanchez, Hernandez in Futures Game

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Catcher Tony Sanchez and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez were chosen to play in the All-Star Futures Game at 6 p.m. July 11 in Anaheim, Calif. Sanchez will play for Team USA, Hernandez will play for the World.

Sanchez is hitting .314 with four homers and 35 RBI for High-A Bradenton. He’s expected to finish the season at Double-A Altoona. Hernandez is hitting .250 with two homers, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases for Altoona.

»»» Late last night, the Pirates announced they’ve signed two more draft picks, giving them a total of 10. Right-hander Bryce Weidman (14th round) and second baseman Adalberto Santos (22nd) came to terms.

»»» Outfielder Cole White was added to the short-season Class A State College roster. White, a West Point graduate, left the Spikes in July 2008 to report for active duty in the Army. He was one of five players affected when the Army revised its interpretation of the Defense Department’s Alternative Service Option, which requires cadets pursuing a pro sports career to complete two years of active duty.

»»» The Pirates acquired minor league infielder Adam Davis from the Indians for cash. Davis, 25, was assigned to High-A Bradenton. He started two games at third base and went 2 for 5 with three walks, an RBI and one stolen base.

It’s been a wild month for Davis, a former third-round pick. He’s not been “home” to his apartment in Kinston, S.C., since June 3. While on the road with Kinston, he was promoted to Double-A Akron, which at the time was playing in Harrisburg. After a home series in Akron, Davis was sent back to Kinston, which then played in Lynchburg, Va., and Salem, Va. From there, he was traded and sent to Bradenton. According to Bradenton’s Dan Wolfert, Davis endured an odyssey of 2,203 miles over 16 days.

»»» Bradenton put right-hander Hunter Strickland on the seven-day DL (retroactive to June 17) with a sore elbow. “Strickland has some tightness in his forearm/elbow,” farm director Kyle Stark said. ”We will know more when we get an evaluation in the coming days.” To fill in, righty Matt McSwain was sent to Bradenton from Double-A Altoona. Jeremy Farrell (left leg injury) also is on the DL at Bradenton.

»»» According Bradenton’s game notes, shortstop Brock Holt is on the DL due to a torn MCL. This conflicts with what GM Neal Huntington said Sunday — “(No tear) that I’m aware of,” Huntington said — when he indicated Holt will not need surgery. Huntington will be here in Arlington tonight, and is expected to issue another statement on Holt’s status. I am not expecting it to be good news.

»»» It’s hard to believe that Andrew McCutchen isn’t among the top 15 outfielders in voting for the All-Star Game. I’ve always supported fan balloting — it’s their game, so they can vote in whomever they want to see. But putting McCutchen behind has-beens Manny Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, not to mention Ryan Ludwick and Jonny Gomes, is ridiculous.

The final NL voting update will be released next Tuesday. Rosters will be revealed July 4.

»»» During this three-game interleague series, the Pirates must find a way to shut down Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. He is riding a 16-game hitting streak, the longest active run in the majors, and in June is batting .477 with seven homers and 25 RBI. As Richard Durrett pointed out on espn.com, only Todd Helton (.476, 7, 32 in July 2000) and Richard Hidalgo (.476, 11, 31 in September 2000) have put up similar numbers for a full month since 1972.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (25-44) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Ryan Church dh, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Ryan Doumit c, 8. Lastings Milledge rf, 9. Bobby Crosby ss. Ross Ohlendorf (0-5, 5.22) rhp

Rangers (41-28) – 1. Elvis Andrus ss, 2. Michael Young 3b, 3. Ian Kinsler 2b, 4. Vladimir Guerrero dh, 5. Josh Hamilton lf, 6. Cruz rf, 7. Justin Smoak 1b, 8. Matt Treanor c, 9. Julio Borbon cf. Tommy Hunter (2-0, 2.08) rhp

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