Pregame: Healthy Alvarez sent to Triple-A


Here’s a bit of a stunner: Pedro Alvarez today was activated from the disabled list and immediately optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. “Pedro remains a big part of our future, but we believe making this move is the best way to get him back on track offensively and defensively so he can help us win games at the major league level,” GM Neal Huntington said in a statement released via email. More details as soon as I get ‘em …

»»» George Von Benko, a local media figure and a good friend, has published his first book, “Memory Lane,” a compilation of his columns which ran in the Uniontown Herald Standard. Von Benko has covered and commented on sports in this region for more than 40 years. His book includes vignettes about homegrown standouts such as Olympic champion John Woodruff, football All-American Ernie Davis, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack, basketball coach Vivian Stringer and wrestler George Dugan. It’s definitely worth a read by clicking on the publisher’s website.

»»» After beating Washington last Sunday, right-hander Kevin Correia (11-6) had accounted for 25.6 percent of the Pirates’ 43 wins. According to Elias, that was the highest rate in the majors at that point in the season.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Cubs (36-54) – TBA. Ryan Dempster rhp (5-6, 4.99)

Pirates (46-42) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Josh Harrison 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (11-6, 3.74)