Pregame: Black and gold in Philly


PHILADELPHIA — I took my kids to Kennywood yesterday. I always try to do something totally Yinzer before taking a trip to Philly, kind of an innoculation against the Eastern Pa. mojo. This afternoon, I saw a lot of folks wearing black and gold among the crowd queued up to see the Liberty Bell — a good sign.

The press box here this afternoon is abuzz about the potential Hunter Pence trade. Funny, but some of the Philly writers aren’t eager to see the deal go down; they’d rather see the club hang on to Domonic Brown because they aren’t sure Pence can be a difference-maker in the Phils’ lineup. On the other side of the state, meanwhile, everybody would love to see Pence in a Pirates uniform.

»»» Ross Ohlendorf’s rehab was transferred to Triple-A Indy. He will start tonight against Charlotte.

»»» Opposing baserunners are 7 for 7 in steal attempts against catcher Ryan Doumit in his three-game rehab stint with Indy. Doumit is 0 for 10 at the plate.

»»» Since being optioned down to Indy, reliever Daniel Moskos has pitched nine straight scorelss innings over five outings.

»»» Kevin Correia is the first Pirates to win 10 road games in a season by the end of July since Burleigh Grimes in 1929.

»»» The Pirates have homered in three straight games, their longest streak since a four-game stretch May 5-8.

»»» The Pirates are 13-10 with three games to play in July after going 16-11 in June. They haven’t notched a winning record in back-to-back months since 1997 in July (16-12) and August (15-14).

Lineups for today’s game:

Pirates (54-49) – 1. Xavier Paul lf, 2. Garrett Jones rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, Brandon Wood ss, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Charlie Morton rhp (8-5, 3.69)

Phillies (65-39) – 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Domonic Brown rf, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Victorino cf, 6. Raul Ibanez lf, 7. Carlos Ruiz c, 8. Wilson Valdez 3b, 9. Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.55)