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On location: Astros 8, Pirates 2

One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (45-41) vs. Houston Astros (29-58)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 86 degrees, fit only for exotic insects

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


  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  3. Garrett Jones, RF
  4. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  7. Brandon Wood, 3B
  8. Mike McKenry, C
  9. Charlie Morton, RHP


  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Angel Sanchez, 3B
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, LF
  5. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  6. Brett Wallace, 1B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Carlos Corporan, C
  9. Bud Norris, RHP

I’ll be posting some stuff up here as the game goes on, but feel free to use this as a discussion forum, as always.

Rob Biertempfel has news updates on the Bucco Blog.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: First pitch from Morton to Bourn, 84 degrees. Not a terribly big crowd here, but it’s not small, either. If this were Starbucks, I think it would be a grande.

7:13: Not the most efficient inning for Morton, but that’s still a good top of the order. Besides, I don’t have a problem with pitching around Lee with an open base. Overall decent action/velocity, which matters most tonight, I think.

7:24: This just in on the Trib news desk: Cutch is good.

Pass the word on to San Francisco.

8:08: Don’t want to be a wet blanket, but I’m not all that wild about Morton’s outing, results notwithstanding. He’s leaning too much on that curve, and his sinker isn’t doing much of anything. That’s not the Morton you saw the first two months. He simply has to find that sinker.

The crowd has filled in kind of nicely, by the way.

8:44: Well, there it went. Again. Morton needs to find the sinker. He knows that, and now everybody knows it.

8:52: I saw almost nothing I liked in Chris Leroux when he was up late last season, but I’m open-minded.

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