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Tabata jinxed on Friday the 13th?


HOUSTON — Jose Tabata went 0 for 4 for the second game in a row. It’s the first time this season he’s gone hitless in back-to-back games. Don’t be too quick to blame Tabata, though. Before the game, media relations guru Dan Hart nervously joked about whether he’d jinxed Tabata by putting the 0-fer item in his notes.

»»» Speaking of jinxes, the Astros had an umbrella giveaway tonight. During the seventh-inning stretch, the public address announcer asked fans to open their umbrellas and wave them. Many of them did just that … indoors (Minute Maid Park’s roof was closed) … on Friday the 13th. The only things missing were a black cat and broken mirrors.

»»» Not everyone was unlucky tonight. Andrew McCutchen snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a first-inning single off Brett Myers. Even during his hit drought, McCutchen found ways to be productive — he has reached base in nine of the past 10 games.

»»» Double-A Altoona outfielder Andrew Lambo singled in his first at-bat Friday, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Lambo has hit safely in 10 of 11 games since being traded to the Pirates on July 31.



  1. Chuck H. says:

    O.K., don’t accept my previous BLOG. I will change my wording a bit.
    The Pirates have the nuclious of a good team, but they aren’t winning. Now tell me
    why that is. Managers like La Russa, Leland, Torre and others seem to find ways to win. The Bucs always seem to find a way to lose, like Friday’s game. The Pirates
    owner is firing the wrong people. That’s it.

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