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Pregame: New attitude


ST. LOUIS — Josh Harrison spoke the past couple of days about struggling at the plate earlier this season because he wasn’t getting regular playing time with the Pirates. Before he was sent back the Triple-A Indy, management talked to Harrison about two things: rediscovering the strike zone and appreciating whatever playing time he got in the majors. Harrison, who’s hitting .391 over his past seven games, seems to have taken both messages to heart.

“There can be challenges with not playing every day when you get up here,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “When we were young and got to the big leagues and had a chance to play, you didn’t talk about how much you weren’t playing. You talked about having a chance to play in the big leagues. It’s a different dynamic. I’m old school that way; I don’t want to hear about what you’re not getting to do. You’re getting to play in the big leagues. You’re going to have to figure some things out. I think Josh took that challenge down (to the minors) with him and figured some things out. I’m proud of him for that. We’ve got a number of guys here who’ve changed their mindsets. It’s about taking advantage of the opportunity you do have.”

Lineups for today’s game:

Pirates (62-70) – 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Josh Harrison 3b, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (9-7, 3.09)

Cardinals (69-63) – 1. Jon Jay cf, 2.Allen Craig rf, 3. Matt Holliday lf, 4. Lance Berkman rf, 5. David Freese 3b, 6. Skip Schumaker 2b, 7. Ryan Theriot ss 8. Gerald Laird c, 9. Kyle Lohse rhp (11-8, 3.73)



  1. James Thompson says:

    One can only hope the Bucs’ players will carry this new attitude into next season, when, hopefully, for the first time in almost 20 years, the Pirates will at last produce a contender.

  2. Chuck H. says:

    They won’t be a contender next year if they still have those automatic outs on the team.
    Also, they won’t be a contender if they still have those non-major league pitchers on the team. Pitchers like Veras, Resop. Maholm and a couple others.

  3. THUNDER says:

    New attitude!…? We will…………not be good again. But, they will try hard and make $$$ for “The Best Ownership (management) in baseball.I’m “Looking forward to the draft next summer.” Hopefully they will still spend. Send me an e-mail in June, tell me who they draft. Pens go to camp in a few wks. Steelers start in 10 Days, I don’t have time for this. Raise thoses prices! They were almost .500 after 20,(TWENTY YEARS)!! SUCKERS buy those tickets. New attitude, guess they are NOT embarrassed to collect the extra $$$$$now.

  4. sjb says:

    I guess it’s just a coincidence how all their highest paid players are on the DL right now…two of them shortly after signing, right as the team was finally tanking…Hmmm. Everyone raise your hand if you think any of these players would be on the DL right now if the Pirates were still in contention? There has to be a way they’re saving money there, right? Probably through disability insurance claims. You know how it works. “Oh well, looks like we aren’t going anywhere near the post-season this year. (fake surprise face) Can you say your injured or make that boo boo worse than it really is and take the rest of the season off? Gee thanks.” The player gets paid and the team get a good bit of that money they didn’t want to spend in the first place back. Is it insurance fraud? You bet and every team does it.

    No one thinks a player who was a short term rental wouldn’t fake or exaggerate an injury with full FO support to sit out the rest of the season instead of playing meaningless baseball for a losing team they can care less about. Ok, then here’s a thought, unless they can replace Lee and Ludwick with bats that are just as good next season, why not resign them? Oh that’s right…it is about the money. Not only will this team be a loser again next season, they will probably be a 100-game loser and the fans will be paying even more to see it.

    Here’s an idea fans, maybe you should all move to the AA, AAA affiliate towns and watch your Pirate baseball there…seeing as that’s where they will be spending all the money for the forseeable future. There, and on DL players they would rather not pay in the first place.

  5. Beanman says:

    It’s 8-30-11, the day after being manhandled by the lowly Astro team. 5 hits and 13 strikeouts! The team has given up, no desire. Our right side power boys don’t have it,never have. Why is Diaz and Wood still getting playing time? To win games,are you kidding? Harrison should have been here all along! He hits the ball and his glove is improving. He is going to be a major league starter for some team, I hope this one. Alverez better play winter ball and get his head on straight, he is in serious trouble. He can live nice for the rest of his life on his signing money.The Pirates are in their usual losing ways at this time of the season, so it looks like ANOTHER ONE! Will it ever end?

  6. Chuck H. says:

    I’m writing this after the Astros, of all teams, pasted the punchless Pirates. 13 strikeouts? This does not surprise me, because the Pirates are notorious for not swinging at the first pitch, which is usually right down the middle, and then swinging at one in the dirt. And how many more games are they going to allow Veras to lose for them? What is that now, seven or eight? If I owned the team, he wouldn’t even be allowed to sit in the stands to watch the games. I could go on and on, but I won’t.
    They say,”Wait ’til next year”, but if they don’t get some players, next year will be the same as this year, MORE LOSING SEASONS.

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