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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)



  1. p says:

    Why no cedeno, he is much better on defense.

  2. Frank says:

    McKenry should be fifth

  3. BeatEmBucs says:

    What does Neal Huntington do for a living, anyway?

  4. BeatEmBucs says:

    Don’t speak for me about Pence, Beertemple. He has four home runs at Minute Maid Park this season. That doesn’t translate at PNC Park. He’s not worth multiple top prospects.

  5. Ron says:

    Pence deal. The Phillies did not give up that much and Houston is paying them to boot? We could not have topped that deal??? Prospects are just that, prospects, an unproven commodity, if you can receive a young PROVEN commodity in return seems a logical move to me. Pence would be an asset for years to come.

  6. Chuck H. says:

    Don’t know what transpired during talks with the Astros concerning Hunter Pence, but it’s too late now-the Phillys have stolen him away. Maybe he isn’t the slugger that
    “fancypants” Beltran is, but he ‘s better than our so called sluggers, with their .200 and
    .229 batting averages. Some pitchers have that status or better. Let’s face it-if the Pirates’ management can’t or won’t spend any money, they will always be a last place team. How long is it going to take for them to give up on Pedro Alverez? I don’t think he has what it takes to make it in the ” bigs”. And Overbay is Overthehill>

  7. joel says:

    NO-MITT NO-HIT is right were he belongs, runners are 7for 7 in steals and 0 for 10 at the plate and who knows how many passed balls. He reminds me so much of Pedro. This must be all of NHs fault that and the debt crisis. His Christmas card list must be pretty small by now.

    The yinzers may not like it but the Tallion Stallion, Allie, and Heredia will still be Pirate farm hands next year. Maybe some yinzers should be Yankee fans then they could tell each other every day how rich the Yankees are.

  8. Tony says:

    The dilemna facing Pirate management is whether even after an “upgrade trade” (e.g., Kubel or Willingham) do they have enough to compete against both the Brewers and the Cardinals? Alternatively, is a trade worthwhile to give the Buccos a better chance to make or exceed the .500 mark? The Pirates have a lot of big holes in their lineup — 1B, SS, 3B and RF. A Kubel trade is an upgrade, but what do you do with either Overbay or Jones/Diaz? The biggest dilemna the Pirates have is trotting out Alvarez at 3B every day. Alvarez drags the Pirates down. Presley and D’Arnaud lifted the Pirates up. Pirates management knows this and it will be interesting to see how long they formally own up to the obvious conclusion that Alvarez ain’t ready yet and more concerning, may never be ready for the bigs.

  9. Chris says:

    As I already stated on the other pre-game blog: Derek Bell is a Pirate! /was wishing for Kubel

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