The Pirates left the NL East in 1994, when MLB realigned and created the NL Central. As a result, the Phillies — big-time rivals back in the day — usually come to PNC Park but once a season. That’s a bummer for Yinzers who love to taunt their brethern from the other side of the state, but, hey, it’s life.
Manager Clint Hurdle at first played coy this afternoon when asked if he’d like to see the Pirates back in the East: “I don’t have an opinion. I haven’t been asked by anybody who’s meaningful enough to change it.”
Eventually, Hurdle expanded his thoughts: “I grew up with the Pirates in the East. Common sense says we’re geographically located in the East. I can understand maybe why we moved. If I had a vote, I’d vote for us to be back in the East.”
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Phillies (34-22) – 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Placido Polanco 3b, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Shane Victorino cf, 6. Raul Ibanez lf, 7. Domonic Brown rf, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, 9. Cole Hamels (7-2, 3.01)
Pirates (26-29) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Josh Harrison 3b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Matt Diaz rf, 6. Chris Snyder c, 7. Lyle Overbay 1b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (3-3, 3.57)