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On location: Indians 5, Pirates 2, 11 innings

CLEVELAND — One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-35) vs. Cleveland Indians (38-31)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Progressive Field, Cleveland

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 78 degrees, overcast

Here is the official live box score, and here are the lineups …


  1. Andrew McCutchen, DH
  2. Xavier Paul, CF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Matt Diaz, LF
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  7. Brandon Wood, 3B
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Dusty Brown, C


  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Michael Brantley, 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Carlos Santana, 1B
  7. Cord Phelps, 2B
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Lou Marson, C

I am here and will be posting through the gamey, as time allows. Feel free to use this as a discussion forum, as always.

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: First pitch from Justin Masterson to McCutchen, 78 degrees.

1:09: And just like that, it’s 1-0 for the visitors. Paul triples to right-center, and Walker singles him home. Paul was really motoring on that triple. He has three of the Pirates’ eight triples this year. Methinks he’s not coming out of the lineup anytime soon.

1:14: Jones’ single and Diaz’s fielder’s choice bring another run. Masterson looks pretty shaky. Kicking the dirt and everything else out there.

1:15: There actually were a few people starting a “Let’s go Bucs!” chant, but they quickly were drowned out with boos. If they were at a Browns game, they might be drowned with something else.

1:35: Great block by Marson at the plate. Cedeno never touched home. And I’m OK with his breaking there. You’ve got to try to get runs if you’re this team.

1:45: The great majority of Karstens’ pitches right now are up in the zone, and he’s going to have to fix that in a hurry to stay in this game.

2:03: Cedeno bounces out with bases loaded to end the third. He kept trying to hit everything away, as with his double earlier, but Masterson got wise and rode him in tight.

2:26: Ouch! First base coach Luis Silverio was just drilled in the upper leg by a foul liner off Jones’ bat. After a brief stop in the dugout, he’s back at his post.

2:52: Watching Choo’s single through the right side just  now, I can’t understand how Overbay doesn’t stop that ball. Should have been made.

2:58: As it’s turned out, it’s yet another good outing for Karstens. He clearly hasn’t had his best stuff — certainly not at the beginning — and he’s given up his share of hard-hit outs. But he’s through six innings with just two runs of damage, and he’s whiffed Sizemore three times.

3:15: Karstens is part of the solution.

3:21: Argh. Rain delay. Great call by the umps, though, to get the tarp out right before it arrived. Infield should be in great shape when this ends.

3:41: Karstens, who surely is done for the day, has a 2.54 ERA right now, seventh-lowest in Major League Baseball and two ticks ahead of Roy Halladay. No kidding.

4:56: Tarp is coming off. Game will restart at 5:15.

5:18: And we’re back, after a delay of an hour and 57 minutes.

5:33: Legend came oh-so-close to putting the Pirates ahead with a bloop to shallow left and two aboard, but it hit just foul.

5:37: So, Clint Hurdle correctly handled his double-switch by having Jose Tabata lead off the inning and Mike McKenry inserted at No. 5. But I’ll bet Hurdle would love to have that back.

5:58: Wow! One of the best plays you’ll see anywhere in baseball all summer, by Cabrera, barehanding the ball at deep short to throw out Wood. Amazing.

6:25: Will this game ever end? And what if it doesn’t? Do baseball rules account for the infinite game? (Stuff you think about 5.5 hours into a ballgame.)

6:29: That was Phelps’ first major-league home run, and that’s all she wrote. A sweep for the Indians.

What a difference

The Pirates’ starting pitching last season and this season:

2010 Statistic 2011

34-84 W-L 26-24

5.28 ERA 3.57

.297 Opponents batting .257

1 Complete games 4

1 Shutouts 2

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