TORONTO — Bench coach Jeff Banister was on his way to home plate with the lineup card in hand when he was called back to the dugout. Xavier Paul’s right hamstring had suddenly tightened, so he had to be scratched from the lineup.
Paul went through his usual pregame routine and felt fine — until he got back to the dugout. “I was stretching and getting loose like usual, and it just cramped up,” Paul said. “I waited a minute and it still didn’t feel quite right, so I had to say something. It turned out to not be that bad at all. I should be ready tomorrow.”
Paul had a slight limp as he moved about the clubhouse after the game.
»»» After losing tonight, lefty Paul Maholm is 1-5 on the road this year. He’s gotten two runs or less of support in five of his eight road starts. “It’s frustrating that we don’t give him much support,” Lyle Overbay said. “It’s been that way all year.”
»»» Jameson Taillon tonight made his first start in two weeks for Low-A West Virginia. He threw three scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out four. West Virginia lost, 5-4, in 10 innings. Taillon had been out with what the Pirates described as minor tightness in his right pectoral. Management also wants to keep Taillon’s pitch and inning counts low this year.