RHP A.J. Burnett today was named National League player of the week for the third time in his career. It’s the first time since 2007 the Pirates can claim three POW in the same season (Andrew McCutchen got the other two this year). Burnett went 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA, including a one-hitter Tuesday against the Cubs.
»»» RP Juan Cruz (shoulder) is scheduled to toss one inning tonight to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona. Cruz has been on the DL since July 18.
»»» The Pirates are 10-4 against lefties at PNC Park this season. The D’backs are slated to start three LHP in this four-game series.
»»» Indy RHP Rick VandenHurk was named Triple-A International League pitcher of the week. VandenHurk went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and racked up 14 strikeouts in 13 innings. In 16 outings (14 starts) this season, VandenHurk is 11-3 with a 3.34 ERA and is part of a five-way tie for the league lead in wins.
Game 108: Diamondbacks @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
D’backs (55-53): 1. Willie Bloomquist ss, 2. Aaron Hill 2b, 3. Jason Kubel lf, 4. Paul Goldschmidt 1b, 5. Justin Upton rf, 6. Miguel Montero c, 7. Chris Johnson 3b, 8. Chris Young cf, 9. Wade Miley lhp (12-6, 2.98)
Pirates (61-46): 1. Starling Marte lf, 2. Josh Harrison 3b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Erik Bedard lhp (5-12, 4.83)