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