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What’s this place called again?

MIAMI — The end is in sight. The Pirates have four games left in the 2010 season, starting with tonight’s game against the Marlins at Whatever It’s Called This Week Stadium.

Lefty Zach Duke will make his final start. In his career, Duke has pitched seven-plus innings in 56 games — in those games, he’s 28-11 with a 1.94 ERA. The Pirates have won six straight games, including five this season, when Duke’s worked seven-plus.

By the way, they’re calling it Sun Life Stadium this week. The venue, which opened in 1987, also has been called Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and Land Shark Stadium.

»»» Altoona Mirror writer Cory Giger, who today broke the story about the Pirates firing Curve manager Matt Walbeck, will have Walbeck on his radio show tonight. Here’s the link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sports-central-with-cory-giger

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (56-102) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. John Bowker rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Zach Duke (8-14, 5.63) lhp

Marlins (77-81) – 1. Emil Bonifacio cf, 2. Osvaldo Martinez ss, 3. Logan Morrison lf, 4. Dan Uggla 2b, 5. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 6. Mike Stanton rf, 7. Wes Helms 3b, 8. Brad Davis c, 9. Chris Volstad (11-9, 4.63) rhp

2 Comments

  1. Hi Rob, I have to think firing Walbeck as Coach says to me that the Pirates would rather not try and have the best as they would rather make money. As Huntingdon said in your article today there is no place higher in our system. That tells me Beasley whom has had more people thrown out at the plate in the last 2 years because of stupidity, will be back. This also tells me that the monolethargic Russell whom couldn’t excite a rattlesnake, let alone call a meaningful bunt , steal or hit and run will be back also, for one reason and one reason only. This team is not interested in winning as much as it is in making money. They have nobody in management or on staff that says a word about the way things are run, because they know if the Pirate management did care, these lifeless wonders wouldn’t even be considered for a major league job. Thanks Dave P.

  2. I think that it is sad that there is no room for a winner with the Pirates. I’ve been a fan since ’79 and have seen the good and the bad. If you want to be sucessful you have to learn to work with other views and ideas. Sucessful teams find places for winners. Fault the Yankees for many of the problems in baseball (and I do!), but they make room for winners and usually have success. Coach Walbeck should have been kept and given a promotion. He is a proven winner, something lacking with the Pirates thus the 18 years of losing. I don’t think he would just sit there, stare at the camera, and show no emotions, win or looooosssssseeee. No room for Walbeck with the Pirates just annual losing.

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