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Morn … er, Afternoon briefing: Game 22 v. Orioles

Situational infield defense drill before tonight's game against Orioles.

The sun was out for this infield defense drill before tonight’s game against Orioles.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hey, it’s nice to be back in Florida after fighting to a draw (at best) against Old Man Winter the past week back home. … Tonight’s tilt will ┬ámark the eighth night game at McKechnie Field and the fifth one here against the Orioles. … Travis Ishikawa has reached base in five of his past six games and is hitting .375 overall. … Starling Marte is riding a five-game hitting streatk. … Andrew McCutchen (who, you may recall is good at baseball) has 11 hits (including three homers) in his past 19 at-bats. He’s reached base in all nine of his games and is batting .560 (14 for 25) with two walks. … Francisco Liriano is scheduled to pitch five innings/85 pitches tonight against the Orioles. Also on the dance card are Vin Mazzaro (two innings), Bryan Morris (two innings) and Jay Jackson (one inning). … Jeff Locke (two innings/35 pitches) and Mark Melancon (two innings/35 pitchers) were slated to work in a “minigame” today.

>> Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports he’s heard relievers Jeanmar Gomez and Morris also are on the list of players the Pirates would consider trading to help pare the active roster to 25. The Pirates would ask for a higher return for Gomez because he can start as well as relieve. Davidoff wonders if the Yankees might dangle catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is out of options.

>> The Pirates released Seth McClung, who was in minor league camp trying to make a comeback. McClung hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009, but after reading this story by Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, it’s hard not to root for the guy.

>> Celebrate, foodies. BRGR will be serving up burngers and shakes at PNC Park this summer. I have no idea what all is on their Abso-Bac’n-Lutely burger, sold exclusively at the ballyard, but I want to find out. Mmm … bacon.

Orioles (10-7-1) @ Pirates (11-7-1), 7:05 p.m., McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
Radio: 93.7 FM Weather: Clear, 71 degrees
Orioles: 1. Alexi Casilla SS, 2. Nolan Reimold DH, 3. Adam Jones CF, 4. Nelson Cruz RF, 5. Steve Pearce 1B, 6. Delmon Young LF, 7. Jonathan Schoop 2B, 8. Caleb Joseph C, 9. Michael Almanzar 3B. Bud Norris RHP
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Andrew Lambo DH, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Russell Martin C, 6. Neil Walker 2B, 7. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 8. Jose Tabata RF, 9. Jordy Mercer SS. Francisco Liriano LHP
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Jay Jackson
– Rob Biertempfel



  1. NMR says:

    -Francisco Cervelli isn’t the Yankees catcher Pittsburgh should target. JR Murphy is. Major league ready and a better prospect than Tony Sanchez. Yankees can have their pick from the Gomez/Mazzaro/Morris group and one of the non-top 10 glut of outfield prospects (Jones, Barnes, etc).

    -BRGR is the truth!

  2. macchamp74 says:

    4th ranked prospect(Baseball America) in Yankee system…number 1 is another catcher Gary Sanchez. New York is awash in catching prospects.

  3. NMR says:

    Yep. And nowhere to play with McCann signed long-term. I’d still imagine the Pirates would face stiff competition from other teams looking at the same opportunity, though.

    You could probably talk me into opening up any of the bullpen arms to trade if thats what it took.

  4. Steelkings says:

    How bout letting Sanchez play every fourth game for a month and a half and save the prospects to pick up the next Morneau at the trade deadline.

    PS Reds reeling a little. First Chapman and now CUEEEETTTTOOOOOO seems to have a scap problem.

  5. NMR says:

    Reds have one injury to a starting pitcher in the last two years. Law of averages is gonna set in at some point. Pitchers break.

  6. All New York writers look on the rest of the Majors as their farm system.
    Of course, that writer thinks the Pirates should trade with the Yankees.

    Buster Olney is the same way.

    Wait until the end of this season when the New York writers all start screaming for Pedro Alvarez to be traded there for nothing, because Pirates won’t want to pay him and they will soon lose him after one more season.

  7. RobertoForever says:


    Being from three hrs from Pittsburgh, I am not familiar with BRGR. I will have to look it up.

    But I just hope that they don’t do what Primanti’s did and sell a n expensive but severely watered down version. I understand the desire to make money to the extreme in a ballpark environment, but at least give, me an option to buy the ‘real version’ and charge me twenty bucks if you have too. Way disappointed in the Primanti’s at PNC, and I don’t even like to take newbies to the stand in the ballpark because its nothing to rave about IMHO.

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