Pregame: J-Rod returns


The Pirates re-acquired Josh Rodriguez from the Indians in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. This appears to be a depth move and not indicative of an impending change at the major league level.

The Pirates claimed Rodriguez in December in the Rule 5 draft and he made the team out of spring training, but he was returned to the Indians on April 29. J-Rod appeared in seven games for the Pirates and hit 1 for 12. He played in four games at shortstop and one at second base. After being sent back to the Indians, Rodriguez was assigned to Triple-A Columbus, where he played third base and left field. He hit .193 (11 for 57) and played in only 18 games.

»»» The Pirates signed their 33rd-round draft pick, infielder Chris Lashmet out of Northwestern. The Pirates have come to terms with 10 draft picks. They also signed right-hander Joe Parsons, an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech. Parsons went 7-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 outings as a senior with the Hokies.

»»» Indy manager Dean Treanor was named to the International League squad’s coaching staff for the Triple-A all-star game.

Lineups for today’s game:

Orioles (33-37) – 1. J.J. Hardy ss, 2. Nick Markakis rf, 3. Adam Jones cf, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Matt Wieters c, 6. Luke Scott lf, 7. Mark Reynolds 3b, 8. Robert Andino 2b, 9. Jeremy Guthrie rhp (2-8, 3.56)

Pirates (35-37) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Josh Harrison 3b, 3. Garrett Jones 1b, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Xavier Paul rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Mike McKenry c, James McDonald rhp (5-4, 4.80)