HOUSTON — Ronny Cedeno is back in the starting lineup … for the moment, at least. Cedeno, who’s missed six starts due to a sore shoulder, was penciled into the lineup last night, then was a late scratch.
Manager John Russell is preaching patience with Ryan Doumit at right field, where the now-backup catcher made his third start of the season and second in two days on Tuesday.
HOUSTON — No matter how the question was phrased, GM Neal Huntington had the same answer — non-answer, actually — Sunday afternoon about the status of contract talks between the Pirates and top two draft picks Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie.
HOUSTON — Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is not in the lineup tonight and might miss the entire weekend series against the Astros due to a left shoulder injury. “It feels really tight,” Cedeno said. “I won’t be ready (to play) for a couple days.”
Zach Duke lost his second decision in a row, with a no-decision against Colorado on Aug. 6 in between, against the Padres today. But his numbers – six hits and two earned runs allowed in six innings – were better than the three earned runs and 10 hits surrendered in six innings to Colorado and the six runs, seven hits in five innings against St. Louis on Aug. 1.