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Crosby’s head injury not serious

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CHICAGO — Bobby Crosby does not expect to miss any time after colliding with right fielder Lastings Milledge tonight as they chased a pop-up.

In the clubhouse after the game, I jokingly held up three fingers and asked Crosby to count ‘em. “Five,” he deadpanned, then laughed.

“I’ve got a headache right now,” said Crosby, whose jaw absorbed the blow from Milledge’s shoulder. “Nothing too bad. I’m feeling better already. When I went up to hit (in the third inning), I kept trying to snap myself out of it but really couldn’t do it, so they took me out.”

»»» Neil Walker, who on Friday collided with right fielder Ryan Church, continues to suffer from concussion symptoms, although results were negative from an MRI exam earlier today. Walker will see a specialist Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

»»» Tonight’s comeback win snapped a 17-game losing streak away in road games. The big blow was rookie Jose Tabata’s one-out, RBI double in the ninth off Carlos Marmol. It was Tabata’s first game-winner.

“I’m really excited for Jose,” manager John Russell said. “What a great hit off a premier closer. Big smile on his face, it was really a lot of run. It was a game we desperately needed.”

»»» Here’s a stunning stat: When Paul Maholm struck out Tyler Colvin, it was the first out of any kind recorded by a Pirates starting pitcher in the eighth inning all season.

»»» In the eighth, the Pirates had runners on second and third with two outs. But, Pedro Alvarez went down swinging — his 18th strikeout in 38 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A.

»»» The Dodgers signed lefty reliever Jack Taschner, who became a free agent after spurning the Pirates’ outright assignment to Triple-A Indy. In his debut Sunday with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, Taschner gave up a solo homer.

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