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Final: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 2

One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (40-39) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (40-41)

Time: 7:07 p.m.

Site: Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 76 degrees, clear

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


  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Chase d’Arnaud, 3B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Matt Diaz, RF
  5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  6. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  7. Brandon Wood, DH
  8. Josh Harrison, 2B
  9. Mike McKenry, C

Blue Jays:

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Eric Thames, RF
  3. Jose Bautista, 3B
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  6. Aaron Hill, 2B
  7. Corey Patterson, LF
  8. J.P. Arencibia, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

Feel free to use this as a discussion forum, as always.

Rob Biertempfel has all the news updates from Toronto on the Bucco Blog.


  1. TS says:

    No Walker, no Legend. Bad. B Wood. Worse. And don’t get me started with Diaz batting cleanup. Ugh.

  2. Steve Smith says:

    I was hoping they would try and bring out all the bats to go for the series win against the newly recalled AAA guy. Harrison for Walker to give him a rest isn’t as bad in my book – more speed if anything else. Wood and Diaz, though?

  3. Bizrow says:

    Hey, its the Sunday line-up??

    PBC Nation – at the Trib
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles
    Colorado – Ft Collins
    Connecticut – Cos Cob
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach (somewhat reluctantly, those past two, Dad always knows best..), Oviedo (see prior comment), Tampa
    Georgia – Marietta
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru
    Kentucky – Louisville
    Japan – Tokyo
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazooooooo ( al la, Pittsburgh goal scored by Mario Lemoooooooooooooo)
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    New Hampshire – not sure where
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury
    New York – New York, Smithtown
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, DuBois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia
    Tennessee – Smithville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls
    West Virginia – Martinsburg
    Wisconsin – Madison

    72 places with dyed in the wool PBC fans
    6/30/2011 6:09 PM

  4. Bizrow says:

    And as an added bonus, no PBP tonight, not really necessary here and takes away from Jagrwatch

  5. Reading says:

    I guess this is the fall back to .500 lineup.

  6. PokeyReese says:

    I would love to see this lineup surprise some people. I think we are going to see a lot of small ball tonight. Lets get this win for some momentum going into the weekend! I would love to see the Bucs within a game of the division when they come home on July 4th!

  7. JAL says:

    Walker out due to a back problem

  8. Steve Smith says:

    Almost game time, everyone. Good Luck to the Bucs! Going to all four games this weekend in DC, so hopefully they come in with great momentum and take it to the gNats!

  9. Steve Smith says:

    Nice speed from Elvis. Good start.

  10. Steve Smith says:

    Though McKenry hasn’t done much with the bat, I love Walk’s nickname for him – “The Fort.”

  11. Steve Smith says:

    Overbay saved that inning with a nice play to get Escobar at home. Let’s go Bats!

  12. PokeyReese says:


    Is Karstens arbitration eligible after the season? If so, I can only imagine how much of a raise he would get after what Ross Ohlendorf received for the season he had.

  13. Steve Smith says:

    Anybody know the record for most 10 strikeout games by an offense. I sense another one coming tonight, but I really hope not.

  14. JAL says:


    Karstens was arbitration eligible after last season , signed for $1.1 million, will in his 2nd arbitration year after this season.

  15. Keith says:

    McKenry may not hit much, but I’ve not seen much better defense or play-calling. He’s the real deal.

  16. PokeyReese says:

    Thanks JAL

  17. PokeyReese says:

    He is the real deal backup catcher..I am ok seeing him every third day

  18. Keith says:

    Yes. And hopefully he can help Doumit/Whoever in the bullpen!

  19. PokeyReese says:

    Robbed of run on that hit

  20. Steve Smith says:

    Way to go Chase with the “two hands” on that pop-up. Must of read my note from last night.

  21. PokeyReese says:

    When does Matt Hague get a shot?

  22. PokeyReese says:


    Hurdle might know something eh? I take back my statement about Wood

  23. JAL says:

    Well, this nothing lineup has put 5 runs up–you just never know.

  24. Keith says:

    Hurdle is a wizard. Somehow. I dunno.

  25. Bob from mt lebo says:

    Does that escobar cheap shot warrant a retalliation

  26. Steve Smith says:

    Escobar needs a nice fastball in the ribs – same place where he punched Diaz with the ball.

  27. Steve Smith says:

    Should we bring in Hanrahan in the 8th just to serve up a good 99 mph fastball to Escobar’s ribs?

  28. Reading says:

    Well, what do I know. Let’s finish the deal and to within two of Milwaukee.

  29. Bizrow says:

    This season is so far just a bunch of fresh air

    6 outs to go

  30. DannyMoe says:

    Am I the last guy that would like to see Brandon Wood get some regular ABs? Finally some pop in the lineup.

  31. Keith says:

    Five outs to go.

  32. pattonbb says:

    I was away…..what cheap shot?

  33. Bob from mt lebo says:

    Escobar punched diaz with the ball on a hard slide to break up thr double play. Similar to the slide the other night

  34. HalSmith says:

    Want to add Lansing, Michigan to family

  35. Bizrow says:

    Bob, BTW Lebo is my home town along with Drews, ever go to Parkview Hoagies? Drew has some pizza place he liked, our Dads ashes are both sitting in churches on Washington Rd, just sayin…..

    Escobar at second while throwing to first, held the ball and pretty much punched Diaz with it, now I’ve seen low sidearm throws to get a runner down, but not a punch like that, thinking about the description punch, yeah, he held the ball and hit Diaz with it.
    It was a glancing blow, from the last replay on Root

  36. Bizrow says:

    Mr Walk, on Root is talking about the old days and retaliation

    Roberto had the best idea of retaliation, dust yourself off and drive it up the middle, I do remember though where batters would intentionally bunt towards first so one could run the pitcher down

    Todays players, like Escobar are wimps

    As I sit here on the couch, clicking, easy to say ;-)

  37. Bizrow says:

    One out left to go to an 8-7 interleague record?

  38. Steve Smith says:

    8-7 interleague play, tied for 2nd and 2 games out of first, and 2 games over .500 – I’m liking it. Let’s get ‘um in DC this weekend. Good night everyone! Let’s go Buccos!

  39. DannyMoe says:


  40. Bizrow says:

    I’m not sleeping till Jagrwatch reports,

    Nah, PBC wins, good evening, I’ll sleep like an AARP baby

  41. naje says:

    Keep hating on this righty lineup.
    @DK: walking home fro your mailbox?
    @All: did ya like that Wood home run call?

    Believe friends. A barely average collective with a helluva pitching staff…led by a manager who knows the game, but more importantly, knows his talent.

    Like the 05 Steelers posters w the Chief’s picture and the caption: BELIEVE! (It’s Tanner magic)

  42. Bob from mt lebo says:

    Bizrow i havent eaten there. Ill have to check it out. Thanks

  43. ExileInDC says:

    So Dejan, about that walk home (from your mailbox). . . .

  44. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Marching out to the mailbox tomorrow. Still seeking sponsors for my effort. I’ll donate all my collections to the Starbucks of my choosing.

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