Manager Clint Hurdle was not thrilled last night when Ronny Cedeno chose on his own to drop down a bunt with the bases loaded. The bunt rolled foul, so Cedeno got another try …. and grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Cedeno is not in the lineup today. “The manager picked a day off for Ronny,” Hurdle said, grinning. “It’s a good day to regain focus.”
»»» Relievers Daniel McCutchen and Tim Wood are not available today to avoid the possibility of over-use. As a precaution, Jeff Karstens will not throw his scheduled bullpen session and will be available to relieve if needed.
»»» The 12:35 p.m. start today means a quick turnaround from last night’s game, but both teams are breaking an unwritten rule by using the same catcher in a day game after a night game. “I think I can handle it,” Mike McKenry said with a laugh. “He’s 26 years old. He can catch today,” Hurdle said.
»»» The Pirates are 1-8 in day games at PNC Park this year.
»»» Last night’s crowd of 33,806 included at least 3,000 walk-up sales (the Pirates do not release specific ticket sale info) and it could be a healthy sized crowd here today. Pirates officials expect Saturday’s game against the Red Sox to challenge for the largest single-game crowd ever at PNC Park.
Lineups for today’s game:
Orioles (33-38) – 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. Blake Davis 2b, 9. Zach Britton lhp (6-4, 3.10)
Pirates (36-37) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Josh Harrison 3b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Matt Diaz rf, 6. Garrett Jones 1b 7. Brandon Wood ss, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (8-6, 3.60)