Hurdle: Paul who?


Manager Clint Hurdle this afternoon poured some cold water on the possibility of the Pirates trading to reacquire LHP Paul Maholm, who parted ways with the club last winter as a free agent. “I’m not sure how much substance there is to (those trade rumors). I haven’t had any conversations with Neal (Huntington) about Paul. We all were very appreciative of Paul’s body of work here. We felt the point of time where we were and where he was … I don’t think we saw the fit the same way, so you move on. We’re always going to be open-minded to add value, to add help, something off the mound, off the bench, a position player. Neal works extremely hard and he’s very creative. So, anything that comes up doesn’t surprise me, but I usually get with him to find out how much substance there is to it.”

Game 96: Cubs @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Cubs (39-56): 1. David DeJesus cf, 2. Starlin Castro ss, 3. Anthony Rizzo 1b, 4. Alfonso Soriano lf, 5. Bryan LaHair rf, 6. Geovany Soto c, 7. Darwin Barney 2b, 8. Luis Valbuena 3b, 9. Paul Maholm lhp (8-6, 4.09)

Pirates (54-41): 1. Drew Sutton lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Casey McGehee 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Rob Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. James McDonald rhp (10-3, 2.93)