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Final: Phillies 4, Pirates 3


Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (9-18-2) vs. Philadelphia Phillies, exhibition

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia


Here is the live box score. Karen Price is surrounded by brotherly love. Or Flyers fans.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Tony Watson, LHP


  1. Baywatch says:

    Go get ‘em, Pirates!

    DK: Good to hear from you, Bay!

  2. Opening day line-up!

    Since Spring Training doesn’t matter, Neil Walker has been saving his long taters for the regular season.

    Who is pitching tonight for the Philthies?

  3. JuniataKid says:

    Well, should be interesting to see how Pedro performs in what’s close to a real game. All indications are… badly. This guy is nowhere near ready to play in a major league game.

  4. Bizrow says:

    Sign in, post your current location

    Missed earlier posts, but Vegas has the over and under for Jandy knocking out Milbury at 3, I’ll take the under, then Mr Mikey will probably sue

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park, Denver
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford
    Costa Rica
    Delaware. Newark
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor
    Iowa – Bettendorf
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon
    New York – New York, Smithtown
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, DuBois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, DuBois, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilks-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler
    The Phillipines
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield, Virginia Beach
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville

    159 locations represented in the blog,
    4/2/2012 6:24 PM

  5. Bizrow says:

    3 hard slaps or two punches


  6. Did I see correctly that Seattle is playing an Exhibition today, after playing 2 real games in Japan last week?

    Bud Selig has baseball so-o-o-o screwed up!

    DK: There are conditions there, Groat. Have to keep pitchers’ arms busy.

  7. Bizrow says:

    Yes a three game series against Seattle, it might be Oakland though

    Left coast, you never know

  8. radio wave says:


  9. radio wave says:

    Any roster moves today?

  10. bob hasis says:

    Since we don’t have a REAL clean-up hitter, why worry about who bats there. We need Walker to bat second because of his on-base potential, put Jones fourth and Tabata fifth.

    Sixth thru ninth looks pathetic

  11. RobertoForever says:

    And Jones and Walker both come thru given their first opportunity with RISP against Blanton. Jones adds to his team-leading RBI total.

  12. RobertoForever says:


    And McClutch jacks a HR off the soft-throwing reliever.

  13. RobertoForever says:

    Game tied 3-3 in top of 6th, two out

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    wow, just saw the Reds signed Joey Votto to an insane contract extension, 10-years $225 million.

    DK: Amazing deal for the Reds and for baseball. Not sure how they’ll make it work in an annual payroll of $80 million or so, but I guess we’ll see.

  15. Thought Jonesy gave it a ride, but NO! Their giving the Phillies a false sense of security. Leading into the regular season.

  16. PigLegs Robinson says:

    The worst thing about listening to the Pirate games exclusively on radio as I do is the terribly annoying highmark commercials. I’m sick of them already and I’m going to have to put up with these all year, because they never change them. Every year they record at least one ‘nails-on-a-chalkboard’, excruciatingly irritating commercial and then play it practically every half inning. This years piano-tinkling has to rank up there as one of their worst, and that’s really saying something, considering how awful they have been over the years.

  17. JohminOshkosh says:


    Admittedly an insane contract, but there is an example of a small market team delivering a message to its fan base.

    Also, with local television contracts and bankruptcy ordered sales in the billions, apparently there is some value to, and money around, for these teams.

    DK: Got your back, John!

  18. JohninOshkosh says:

    My forthcoming post is awaiting moderation because I can not spell my own name!

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    @JohninOshkosh – lol, about name comment. I agree, there comes a time when ownership needs to tell their own players and more importantly, the paying customers, that they want to sell a quality product. With the current roster, Andrew McCutchen is the only guy I see who is going to get a long-term deal worth a lot of money. I just don’t think Neil Walker is going to get a big deal and we’ve already seen the highway robbery against Jose Tabata.

    If Pedro Alvarez wasn’t lost at sea, maybe he could if he would hit for two years but I’m so down on him, I just don’t see it happening.

    Pirates don’t have the ownership commitment to invest the money into the $80 million payroll range, so the cycle of losing will continue unless they hit it all right at the same time.

    I’m glad McCutchen is around but somehow, someway, the best management team in baseball must find a way to entice a top notch hitter to come to Pittsburgh as there’s little coming at 1B, catcher, and third base (if Pedro really does fail).

    $225 million investment to win a World Series and grow revenues by having a better team to net better gate receipts, more radio/tv money.

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, as always, Dejan. As my 11 year old son would say, “You Rock!”


    Your posts, like the one above, and the hockey post on the other thread, are always outstanding!

    Anybody else watch some of the Marlins game? I thought the aquarium would be much cooler. Kind of a dud on TV.

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