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Pregame: Cedeno out with sore knee

PHILADELPHIA — Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is out of action due to a sore right knee, which he injured in a collision with Xavier Paul in the second inning of Thursday’s game against Atlanta. “It’s just bruised,” Cedeno said. “It’s tough to move side to side.” Manager Clint Hurdle said he wasn’t sure yet if Cedeno will be available to pinch hit tonight.

»»» Right-hander James McDonald hasn’t allowed a run in 11 2/3 innings, the fourth-longest active streak in the NL. Jeff Karstens set the team high this season by tossing 15 2/3 straight scoreless innings. Since April 27, McDonald’s 2.68 ERA ranks eighth among NL pitchers.

»»» Hunter Pence’s arrival today in Philly is potentially bad news for the Pirates. In 67 games against the Pirates, Pence has hit .314 with eight homers, 38 RBI and a .840 OPS. Since 2010, he has 44 hits against the Pirates — the most by any player in the majors against one team. He is 5 for 8 in his career against McDonald.

Lineups for today’s game:

Pirates (54-49) – 1. Pedro Ciriaco ss, 2. Matt Diaz lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Steve Pearce rf, 6. Brandon Wood 1b, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. James McDonald rhp (7-4, 3.95)

Phillies (65-39) – 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Shane Victorino cf, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Hunter Pence rf, 6. Raul Ibanez lf, 7. Placido Polanco 3b, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, 9. Cliff Lee lhp (9-7, 3.05)

4 Comments

  1. Looking at those lineups, I think David matched up better against Goliath. Wow!

  2. nice to see more and more deals being made and nothing from the Bucs only thing missing from this week line-up is overbay. Ciriaco Diaz Pearce and Wood wouldnt even be bench players on a team like the Phillies. Let’s Go Bucs!!!

  3. Thanks for the explanation on Cedeno. I’ve been wondering about his absence in the line-up.

  4. Can’t believe how weak this line up looks… I’d feel cheated if I bought a ticket for tonight’s game..

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