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Final: Pirates 7, Twins 2

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Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (34-31) vs. Minnesota Twins (26-39)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Minnesota LHP Scott Diamond

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Josh Harrison, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Casey McGehee, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Kevin Correia, RHP

Comments

  1. gregenstein says:

    Is it any more glaringly obvious this team needs another full time OF when you have to pencil in Josh Harrison at Jones’ platoon partner? I’d like to see Tabata/Jones platoon and hopefully someone of the Michael Cuddyer variety playing LF every day.

  2. T.S. says:

    No Jordy Mercer? Again? This is DEFINITELY all about 1) Hurdle’s favoritism towards Barmes and, 2) Barmes’ ridiculous contract. In his case, the defense doesn’t play and the bat most certainly doesn’t play. The money does. Let’s Go Bucs!

  3. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    What was the reason to put Mercer on the team???…. He has been sitting for 2 weeks. Where does Chase fit in????….He had his shaky moments last year, but I saw some potential. Rather see him or Jordy bat .190 then a million dollar retread. Speaking of retreads…don’t trade away any arms for a .250 career hitter. If we can’t get a big stick, let’s keep the guys we have and shuffle them up a bit/kick ‘em in the ass.

  4. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Greg

    I don’t want a Cuddyer type in PNC Park’s LF. RF, ok, I’ll sign on for that one. LF in PNC needs a Tabata, Marte, Presley speed type of guy. RF, can handle the slow dude out there, hence Jones playing RF and not LF.

  5. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Jay

    When Mercer came up CH and Co. said that SS was still Barmes job. I think some are making this out to be a much bigger deal that what it really is.

    Chase has been injured, needs to get his feet back under him. Struggling at AAA this year because of the injuries. Well, hopefully that’s why.

  6. Jandy says:

    Ryan, regardless of their intentions and who is hurt, calling Mercer up, then letting him sit to long, isn’t a wise decision.

  7. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @All

    Here’s the stats on Scott Diamond. LHP, good, low ERA, but not a strikout guy, nor is he a BB guy.

    Can you say, pitch to contact?

  8. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    whoops……Just the the NY Post, I left out some info

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diamosc01.shtml

  9. gregenstein says:

    @Ryan – He not have been the best example, but simply put we need better production from that fielder.

    No team needs a Tabata if he can’t hit a .700 OPS in while playing the outfield.

  10. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Jandy

    No argument here on that…..I was impressed with Mercer’s arm the most.

    His call up could’ve been a kick in the arse for Barmes and Navarro wasn’t producing. But it seems Barmes has gone back to the Clint of early.

  11. Jandy says:

    Ryan, I hear ya. I’d just like to see the kid play…somewhere!

  12. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Greg

    I have no problem with the choice you made with the player, just the position. I don’t care what position they play, as long as they produce. Tabata might come around, I’m not about to give up on him, he’s still a young guy.

    I agree that an OFer needs to be added. I would add a “Cuddyer” type and put him in RF and move Tabby to LF.

  13. NMR says:

    Chase d’Arnaud is struggling baaaad this year in Indy.

    @tmk

    From last thread, I seem to remember people saying that Huntingdon like Chase over Jordy because of his athleticism.

    At some point, you gotta look at the production. Jordy has shown decent average and decent power at every level.

  14. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    One thing we all need to ask ourselves when calling for a replacement; do they present better production to Garrett Jones?

    I like Jones, I want to see him succeed if for no other reason than his story. Seems like a good guy too, however, this is the big leagues. Good guy or not.

  15. AJS says:

    The issue with Mercer is he is a man without a country. He isn’t ready to be an everyday SS in the pros. And he isn’t good enough with the bat to come off the bench as a PH. He and Chase can’t both play SS in Indy and t is more important to get Chase some time since he was injured for the first part of the season. So Mercer hides on the bench in Pitsburgh as a seldom used option. He didn’t prove to be any better than Barmes was really so the money plays. If he were to go down it would be in exchange for another outfielder and Harrison would take over the emergency middle infield duties.

  16. AJS says:

    Interesting thing about Jones is he has been hot lately. good numbers in June. But he still can’t hit lefties. He is a decent 4 spot hitter against right handed bats but against lefties he shouldn’t even sniff the line up card.

  17. AJS says:

    This line up also reeks of keeping Pedro in the 6h hole no matter what. It is the only explanation for Walker moving back down to the 5 hole instead of in the 2 slot which is personally where I feel he should be slotted. The only other option they had was to move Barajas into the 5 hole.

  18. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @AJS

    And that’s why he’s on the bench tonight. He plays strictly for his bat and yes, he’s been hot in June, barrelling the ball up it seems most AB’s. All you can really ask for.

  19. Bizrow says:

    To me, sometimes the BMTIB waffles, you can’t figure out what the heck they are doing or thinking and just with some common sense in communication, well, IMO that would go a long way in building public trust

    Ok, gang, lets get some signups to the Lunatic Nation:

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    BEAT EM BUCS

    And welcome to Mr Robinson, Dejan has spoken highly of him several times in the past

    The Trib means business

  20. tmk says:

    @AJS

    I don’t think anyone believes Mercer is an everyday SS. The problem is the light hitting pirates can’t afford to use a roster spot to “hide” a guy on the bench. They could have just kept Mercer at Indy and sat him there and called up Clement to be a bat off the bench. And it doesn’t help that Barmes has been terrible which probably makes this Mercer situation seem like it is blown out of proportion

  21. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @TMK

    Clement is not on the 40 man roster. They would’ve had to dump someone to bring him up.

    I wouldn’t mind if they could figure something out to bring him up though, see what he can do. He’s hitting the ball well at Indy.

  22. tmk says:

    They should have no problem dropping someone from the 40 man roster to get Clement added on to it. Chris Resop anyone…

  23. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The window hates off days. Good to be back. Let’s open ye olde window!!

    Tonight’s OVER / UNDER (always just for fun of course)

    Total Combined Strikeouts + Hits + Walks by Pedro Alvarez
    Line is 2.5

    Anyone can play!! Everyone should TRY!! What’ll ya have!! What’ll ya have!!

    *** MAXIMUM IS 100 (FAKE) UNITS ON ANY LINE ***

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    JRay3 ** 745
    Slack Boss ** 635
    Nate83 ** 465
    pattonbb ** 300
    DemonDachshund ** 300
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 250
    JMB ** 250
    cosmo ** 230
    radio wave ** 220
    Steve J Smith ** 200
    JohninOshkosh ** 200
    Mlrgenuine ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    bman ** 160
    RobertoForever ** 155
    JaxBuc ** 150
    MarkV ** 125
    likeabugonarug ** 120
    Chico ** 115
    Evan ** 113
    Milo Hamilton ** 100
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    jeffsbar ** 50
    cmat0829 ** 50
    lawnbeaver ** EVEN
    manny_sanguine ** EVEN
    NMR ** -20
    Hal Smith ** -20
    Stuart ** -25
    stuart66 ** -30
    JD ** -50
    tmp444 ** -50
    Boise Bucco ** -50
    Kevin ** -50
    Mike C. ** -100
    bob hasis ** -125
    OZ ** -175
    Arriba Wilver ** -230
    Bizrow ** -280
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    TDB1977 ** -540

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) 2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Card

  24. radio wave says:

    this diamond kid interests me.
    He’s off to a good start for a struggling team with a weak farm system.
    I assume he came up from Rochester, what is his history?

  25. tdb1977 says:

    @Playoffs

    Going to the game tonight and hopefully will see an Alvarez home run, but I doubt I will see the line. So put me down for 100 on the under :)

    I’m going to lock up last place by the all-star break!

  26. radio wave says:

    at playoffs:
    Great imagination with the window game.
    I see my score is on the rise again. Problem is usually if you go with the under, it means the team in reality had a bad night.
    Should take 2 of 3 from the twinkees, I’ll take 60 on the over.

  27. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @playoffs

    50 on the over please.

  28. NMR says:

    @AJS

    You can definitively tell us that Mercer is a better option than Barmes after two starts?

    Surely you jest.

    I don’t think people are saying that Barmes needs to be cut and Mercer handed the starting job. He needs to earn his playing time. But that can’t be done on the bench.

    There is absolutely no valid reason for a guy with a .188/.211/.290 slash line to be given exclusive starts.

  29. JMB says:

    100 on the OVER plz.

    Thanks @playoffs!

  30. JAL says:

    They do not have to dump anyone for Clement right now as Morton is going on the 60 which opens a spot on the 40. Most likely to be filled by Leroux

  31. Hal smith says:

    Hi give me 40 on the over. 2 strikeouts 1 homerun works for me.

  32. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Pedro’s likely to have the line by K’s alone..

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    The mobile says it is currently 90 degrees in Pittsburgh and 96 degrees in Vegas. So Dejan is walking into only 6 degrees of separation. I am guessing there is just a wee bit of difference in humidity, though.

    @Playoffs: 50 on the Under, por favor.

  34. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Thanks JAL.

    Was thinking as I was typing unless someone went on 60-day. Forgot about CM already.

  35. bob hasis says:

    Playoffs, let me put at risk 25 Golden dubloons on the OVER 2.5

  36. crkkid says:

    I don’t like the off days either….be good to keep things rolling on the offensive side.

    PO by 2012…I’m new to this…can I get 50 units on the over.

  37. bman says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll take 40 on the OVER

  38. jeffsbar says:

    Playoffs-

    100 on the over. Thanks.

  39. Naje says:

    Re: Mercer… is his playing time really worth getting all worked up about? If he was a better player, he’d be playing. Have you seen him throw? Not quite as bad as d’Arnaud’s wild flings, but Mercer hurls the ball… from shortstop. Yeah, that’s his delivery, but it isn’t consistent and it is awfully slow.

    Mercer situation will sort itself out… really not worth getting that worked up over the 13th position player.

  40. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @NMR

    I agree, give the guy a shot, a couple of starts a week wouldn’t hurt either Barmes or Mercer.

  41. tmp444 says:

    @ playoffs:

    2 Ks, 1 single, and a deeeeeeeep fly out to center. I’ll take 75 on the OVER, please.

  42. Bizrow says:

    Playoffs 100 on the OVAH, 3 Ks and a dinger

    That’s Pedro?

  43. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Naje

    Is that your assesment of Mercer?

  44. Bizrow says:

    @JAL – They do not have to dump anyone for Clement right now as Morton is going on the 60 which opens a spot on the 40. Most likely to be filled by Leroux

    Good call, didn’t think of that

    now who do they drop from the 25 man? Resop?

    That could open up another spot on the 40 man

  45. AJS says:

    @NMR

    I don’t think I ever claimed Mercer was definitively better than Barmes. Maybe that was a typo and you meant a definitively worse option? i wasn’t trying to claim that. You are right, with the limited playing time it is hard to tell. maybe with barmes starting to slump a little bit again it is time to give Mercer some more time in the lineup. The problem was that when barmes came back from his little hitting camp he got hot for a couple weeks keeping Jordy inactive. But based on the very limited sample size we have of mercer, he didn’t look any better at the plate than Barmes.

  46. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – back to baseball after the off day and the Bucs have a great opportunity to make it three straight tonight versus the woeful Twins. Another very good Over/Under so let’s try and tackle this:

    When looking at the numbers and the recent trend of Alvarez you will spot that in his 11 games in June he has achieved 3 hits+walks+K’s three times including the two most recent games when he went on his tear. He has failed to reach that mark eight times (seven of them going for 2 H’s+BB’s+K’s). Recent trend says 72% favors the under.

    In addition, the last time Alvarez went back to back with 3+ (H’s+K’s+BB’s) on May 19 and 20 versus Detroit he followed it up with a one hit one K performance versus the Mets, another under angle.

    Lastly, splits against LHP for Pedro show this…he has only walked once in his 49 AB’s so that virtually eliminates that opportunity from the equation. He has struck out 21 times in 49 AB’s or 43% of the time and hits for a .184 AVG. The advantage tonight is he faces a LHP with only 29 K’s in 50.2 IP which should decrease his K odds a little.

    Time to play the numbers and the odds with this one and go 55 on the UNDER.

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  47. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @TDB, you got it and good luck!!

    @radio, you got it and good luck!!

    @Ryan, the window welcomes you back, the competition here has been fierce since your absence, it’s good to have you back at the window, you got it and good luck!!

    @JMB, you got it and good luck!!

    @Hal, you got it and good luck!!

    @John, you got it and good luck!!

    @bob, you got it and good luck!!

    @bman, you got it and good luck!!

    @jeffsbar, you got it and good luck!!

    @tmp444, you got it and good luck!!

    @bizrow, you got it and good luck!!

  48. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @JRay, there is a reason you are in the lead, well analyzed, you got it and good luck!!

  49. AJS says:

    If the open spot on the 40 will be filled by Leroux you still would have to find someone else to drop to add Clement…you haven’t solved any problem here…unless you think Leroux can’t be any worse than Resop. I gotta say last season I cringed when Leroux came into games. He pitched well with the bases empty but if there were guys on it seemed they always scored. Could just be perception.

    In the mean time Resop had a pretty good run through part of last season. he has been terrible so far this year which looks more like his norm. For me it is a toss up really. It is Jared Hughes who has profitted from Leroux’s injury. but I guarantee he isn’t going anywhere.

  50. Bizrow says:

    I think they have to deal some or one of the relievers

    Meek sounds like he is making progress too, and there was the talk about Justin Wilson and how dominant he would be as a reliever

    Just sayin

  51. JohninOshkosh says:

    @JRay

    Was that really your wife that posted the other night? If it was, be sure to tell her that it was hilarious.

  52. NMR says:

    Is it really that worth getting worked up about?

    There once was this guy that the Pirates traded to the Rays soon after aquiring him. It was kind of a big deal around here.

    I could post his slash lines vs. Mercers and you couldn’t pick them apart.

    He got hot for a couple weeks and helped Tampa win some games.

    How is Mercer’s situation any different?

    Barmes is not helping you win games. Offensively or defensively. Even if that is the biggest factor in favor of Mercer, it’s enough to deserve a shot.

  53. Bizrow says:

    The Mercer call up is just kinda squirrely

    More like a September call up, gettin the atmosphere

    10.5 million reasons

    And I don’t know what earlier discussion was about

  54. TDB1977 says:

    Anyone know if the Twins lineup has been posted? Trying to get my score book filled out before heading to PNC tonight

  55. nate83 says:

    Playoffs please put me down for 75 on the under. Thanks.

  56. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Playoffs

    Thanks for the welcome back, been on vacation.

  57. Mlrgenuine says:

    @Playoffs
    Going with the big 100 on the Over tonight.

    Thanks!

  58. Naje says:

    @Ryan…
    Yeah, that’s my assessment of Mercer so far… seen him play a couple of times with Indy (in Louisville) and the couple of games with the Bucs this year… he’s a big, strong guy… but his throwing mechanics are, let’s call them unique… not a classic looking shortstop… not saying he’s bad, but the coaches have their reasons for not playing him. When you’re hanging just a few games above .500 and some of your pitchers are getting hit hard, you want your best defense on the field or at least the one you trust the most… and it’s tough for a manager whose team is in 2nd place to pull the trigger and play an unproven rookie at short.

    @Biz…
    How is Mercer’s call-up squirrelly? He was called up to fill a role… he got a couple of starts while they worked on Barmes’ hitting and Mercer didn’t do much. He didn’t get more starts for a reason… that’s not squirrelly as much as it is recognizing what you have and using the guys to help you win.

    Just because a guy gets called up, doesn’t necessarily make him a viable option… especially when the coaches are watching him prep everyday and watching him hit every day.

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    TDB

    Here it is:

    Rhett Bollinger ‏@RhettBollinger

    #Twins lineup vs #Pirates: Span CF, Revere RF, Willingham LF, Morneau 1B, Plouffe 3B, Doumit C, Dozier SS, Carroll 2B & Diamond LHP

  60. Naje says:

    NMR…

    Whoever was sent to Tampa got hot for about 4 or 5 games and then tanked… miserably… is that what you want on your team? A revolving door of failed prospects?

  61. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Naje

    I’ve only seen him play for the Bucs. I was impressed with his arm. Range was decent, but good for a big guy.

  62. NMR says:

    @Naje

    4 or 5 hot games would be more than what Barmes gives you, no?

    Rinse, repeat.

  63. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think we all cringe at the mention of Aki Iwamura.

    At this point, Barmes’ sample is very close to the point when the PBC kicked Iwamura to the minor league curb that led to his eventual departure.

    Iwamura:

    54g 193 PA .182/2/9 .292 OBP 558 OPS 31 K’s 4.85 million salary

    Barmes:

    59g 198 PA .188/3/14 .211 OBP .502 OPS 47 K’s 5 million salary

    Barmes should be giving his agent a nice holiday present this December because if he had not negotiated that second year (either with the Pirates or some other team), his client would be staring straight at DFA. If it was Barmes with a one year deal, this series would be it for him, I think. He needs to turn it around against a bad team.

  64. OZ says:

    hi window, you damn temptress….100 on the over.

  65. Kevin says:

    @Playoffs

    50 on the over please. Just started and I am in the hole already…C’mon Pedro!!

  66. NMR says:

    Well if that isn’t the kiss of death, I don’t know what is!

    Good stuff, John.

  67. JaxBuc says:

    I’ll take 50 on the OVER, please. We either get 3 HR’s or 3 K’s, so we’ll be good either way. Can’t see BB’s entering into the equation.

  68. Bizrow says:

    @ Naje -Just because a guy gets called up, doesn’t necessarily make him a viable option… especially when the coaches are watching him prep everyday and watching him hit every day.

    Why bring him up, to pick splinters out of his buttocks?

    Maybe bring up someone to contribute?

    Not sayin we have that in the stocked system

    Just sayin

    I’m hopin we get 4 of 6 this homestand

  69. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @crkkid, the window welcomes you, you got it and good luck!!

    @nate, you got it and good luck!!

    @Mlr, you got it and good luck!!

    @OZ, the window is a siren, you got it and good luck!!

    @Kevin, you got it and good luck!!

    @JaxBuc, you got it and good luck!!

  70. Evan says:

    100 on the over! Pedro is always good for at least one K.

  71. @Playoffs, I’ll take 100 on the OVER. Thanks.

  72. AJS says:

    Forgot about Doumit being in the Twins line up. Ex-bucs everywhere and they always burn us. Doumit hits 2 jacks this series. Why? He caught Correia so he knows his tendencies and Correia is prone to the long ball and the same for JMac, though JMac is a different pitcher than last year. Add that to the track record of LaRoche, Ludwick, Cedeno, etc and Doumit is sure to hit at least 1 over the Clemente wall but I’d bet on 2.

  73. Bizrow says:

    Bob Prince called the 60 Bucs, never say die buccos

    Nuff said

    Why not us?

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    Rick VandenHurk Saturday in Lincoln’s place ?

  75. JRay3 says:

    @ JohninOshKosh – re #51, unfortunately yes it was my wife, how embarrassing! She took hold of my Ipad without me knowing and when I read I am sure I turned a very bright shade of red.

  76. cosmo says:

    @ Playoffs

    It seems that the over is the majority tonight. I have to say I agree with the majority.
    Pedro against a lefty should be good for 2 K’s alone.
    So let me have 100 on the over. Time to make a move and try to start catching up to JRay3.

  77. bob hasis says:

    I think most of the opinions in this space have concluded Barmes is pathetic at best, to useless. His bat, his arm, his range aren’t even up to the level required to play at Altoona.

    And everyone seems befuddled about Mercer, opiniated about d’Arnaud to be an answer, and totally unwilling to give Harrison a periodic start at least since he is here.

    Starlin Castro is an over-rated brat with an attitude. How can you stand at the plate awaiting a pitch and be slobbering sun flower seeds all over the place. Is that how he focuses himself to hit? he has more errors of ommission than commision.

    So where do we go?

  78. pattonbb says:

    Playoffs – Can I get 50 on the under?

    Thanks.

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    Phils 2B Freddy Galvis peed in a cup. 50 games.

  80. About this Mercer business, I think it is useless to bring a guy up to light a fire under a struggling veterans behind for a couple games, then just let him languish on the bench. Not even any pinch hitting situations. Dude was hitting pretty good in Indy before the call up, only gets 9 – count them 9 – at bats and he sucks as a hitter in the majors? How is the guy going to figure out hitting in the majors if he doesn’t get ANY chance to hit? Barmes has had some flashes here and there, and amazingly has been better so far this month, but mostly it has been pop-ups and strikeouts. I would rather see Mercer get in there a couple times a week. Barmes is actually hitting lefties better this year, though still only a small sample of 37 ABs, so maybe let him start versus the lefties and see if Mercer can do anything against the righties. We will see. Let’s Go Bucs!

  81. Ryan Braun, MVP and of Selig’s old team Brewers, peed in a cup. 0 games.

  82. cosmo says:

    Just saw that Brad Eldred was released by the Tigers and signed to play in Japan.
    That’s one less ex-buc to worry about putting up a big series against us.

  83. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Evan, you got it and good luck!!

    @Steve, you got it and good luck!!

    @cosmo, you got it and good luck!!

    @pattonbb, you got it and good luck!!

  84. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is this the first Major League suspension since Braun? And do you get to play pending an appeal of a failed drug test? Because, in light of Braun and Clemens, I would think the MO for players now would be arbitration/litigation.

    .

  85. Chico says:

    @Playoffs…

    I’m all in. 100 on the over, please.

  86. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll have 75 on the under.

  87. JUCOFan says:

    @Playoffs…I will take 50 units on the under. First time player making a late run to the all star break

  88. tmp444 says:

    Doumit starting behind the dish tonight….warm reception?

  89. Arriba Wilver says:

    Playoffs—50 on the Under. Thanks

  90. DemonDachshund says:

    @Playoffs -

    Let’s go 50 on the UNDER.

  91. Who hits homer tonight? Pedro or Ryan Doumit?

    I say, Doumit!

  92. JD says:

    Playoffs – 50 on the over please.

    Go Bucs!

  93. DemonDachshund says:

    I also seem to remember Aki remaining in the lineup as long as he did because there was “no one” behind him viewed as a potential full time 2B.

    Then Mr. Walker was given a chance.

  94. RobertoForever says:

    @Playoffs,

    This is me, running up to the window at the last second with my money flapping in my hand above my head, lol.

    I have to start getting here earlier, lol. But hopefully, I got in before the window slammed shut. I’ll take 75 on the under.

  95. JohninOshkosh says:

    Been reading some Twins media online.

    Here is a tip to the Twins beat reporters and really all beat reporters:

    We get it. The press box at PNC is high up. Blah, Blah, Blah. Quit writing and tweeting about it. Firstly, most of your readers are envious of your jobs and don’t want to hear the complaints. Secondly, the complaint resonates with very few of us. Most of us have never been in any press box and have no basis for comparison.

    Same can be said for complaints relating to press box/clubhouse food spreads.

    Thank you.

  96. DemonDachshund says:

    MLB Trade Rumors has a quote from a Buster Olney article from Twins GM Terry Ryan saying that they’re looking for pitching. And they’re in town.

    I hope NH is having a discussion with him. Not saying a deal has to happen, but I hope they’re chatting.

  97. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bill Virdon & Bill Mazeroski in uniform and in the dugout tonight. Just great to see them.

  98. Boise Bucco says:

    @Playoffs,

    Time for me to make some back…put me down for 50 on the over if you don’t mind

  99. Wa dya think? Cedeno make that play that Barmes just made?

    That looked like a Jack Wilson play!

  100. JohninOshkosh says:

    JHay!!!

  101. Milo Hamilton says:

    Note to Clint Hurdle, when we get Josh Willingham – put him in right field.

    That wasn’t a home run.

  102. Nice for Willingham to help JHay out with a dinger in the first 1-0. Hit off the wall and then off of him and went over the wall.

  103. NMR says:

    @Milo

    re: #74 – Sarcasm, intuition, or Twitter?

    @bob

    JJ Hardy, Jed Lowrie, and Yunel Escobar have all been aquired via trade in the last two for very little.

    Where do we go? To someone that can recognize talent.

  104. Milo Hamilton says:

    @NMR

    - Hurdle said today that there are “internal discussions” about Saturday’s start.

    - Huntington said on Sunday that he wouldn’t use Locke or Owens for a 1 time spot start.

    - Saturday is VandenHurk’s turn in the rotation.

  105. True, Milo, that wasn’t a homer, but as Greg Brown mentioned, he was likely embarrassed and didn’t want to say anything, or didn’t know what happened.

  106. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, but the centerfielder doesn’t know the rule, either. I’m sure he saw it. Oh well, Gift Horses and all.

  107. I’m not complaining, though I’d be mad as heck if it was us in the field. Come on Pedro!!

  108. Boise Bucco says:

    Anybody wagering on the “over” is 1 for 1!

  109. Kevin says:

    1 for 1…good start. Wish we could have gotten a few more that inning.

  110. Officer Mancuso says:

    Late arrival tonight. Pedro saw all curveballs that AB, I expect more of that. Agree w/ Biz # 19 the Trib showing a long term committment to be a bigger player on the Pittsburgh sports scene. Go Bucs, go Trib sports!

  111. NMR says:

    Well then…

  112. I missed it, did Doumit receive at least a nice ovation before his single? At least it was only a single.

  113. JRay3 says:

    Nice first two innings of work for KC, only giving up the one hit and of course it would be to Doumit, doesn’t it always seem that ex Bucs come back and have great game against the team.

  114. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Doumit reaction was mixed.

  115. I think the MO for teams anymore will be to start any ex-Bucco against us that is on their roster.

  116. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Well, Barmes with an early single.

  117. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Doumit was one scrappy dude. Kendall was a dirtbag/scrappy kinda player also. I like those kind of players.

  118. Scorekeeper helping out Barmes with that hit call.

  119. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Get em on, move em over…….get em in.

    Let’s get that “get em in” part now.

  120. @Jay Jax, I know what you mean, I’ve always liked Kendall. Doumit’s style of play was why he was always hurt. Plus he is the human foul tip attractor off the noggin.

  121. Milo Hamilton says:

    They invented a disabled list for Doumit.

  122. bob hasis says:

    @Groat #99

    Yes Cedeno makes that play. Did you notice Barmes “had” to throw off of the wrong foot because of his weak arm, which means there was plenty of time to play it conventionally; that means PLANT AND THROW

  123. JRay3 says:

    Just has been a struggle to get something going from the lead off position this year with Presley and Tabata, need to get one of them to heat up and help set the pace for the offense.

  124. Milo Hamilton says:

    Apparently they’re going to try to win this game 1-0.

  125. @Milo, it’s called the 7-day DL for concussions.

  126. bob hasis says:

    @NMR #103

    Yes I agree with you. Any of those three would look pretty good here, even though none are perfect.

    Maybe our Opie will go see the Wizard of Id for a potion labeled “Quality Major League Shortstop”

  127. JRay3 says:

    Safe to say that Correia will not be winning a gold glove award any time soon.

  128. Man, this pitcher reminds me of Zach Duke.

    Lots of ground balls to short and in hole. 3 of Bucs 4 hits are in the hole at short.

    Stevie, scorekeep didn’t help Barmes——no way shortstop throws him out even if his sliding attempt captures ball. He had left his feet sliding away from 1st.

    Come one: we can’t complain when Barmes does get a hit that it wasn’t really a hit!

  129. JRay3 says:

    Great job by Correia to battle and get out of the inning. But how about this for a scary stat, hitters hit .222 on KC in his first 45 pitches but hit .333 on 46 pitch 46 on. He is at 49 after 3 IP.

  130. I hear you Groat. It was a difficult play, but Barmes is also not the fastest guy in the lineup either.

  131. bob hasis says:

    Playing Josh in right is someting questionable; I didn’t like the way he came after that blooper eafrlier, which I thought May have been catchable. No. 21 he isn’t!

  132. JRay3 says:

    Good to see McGehee starting to square up the ball a lot more of late.

  133. Hasty Bob,

    I saw your lengthy discussion about that “Plant and Throw” stuff before and chose to stay out out of the argument. I still choose to stay out of it; only to say I have been a frequent All Star coach and I have never taught “Plant and Throw.”

    Jack Wilson would have made the Barmes play the same way, fielding and throwing off seemingly wrong foot. That’s why I pointed it out. Did you see Neil Walker make that last out of the inning——he fielded it quickly and in one motion threw it off wrong foot.

    I think Cedeno may have thrown it like you wish . . . . . he would have pulled McGeheeheehee off bag and scorekeep would have called it a base hit.

  134. twentytwo22 says:

    Bad job by Walker there. He swung at ball four then made an out. Alvarez could have had a shot at a quick 2 spot.

  135. NMR says:

    How does that Plouffe kid look at the plate?

  136. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jeff Karstens update. Pitching for Altoona – 5 innings, 3 hits, 4 K’s. 39 of 48 pitches for strikes.

  137. Officer Mancuso says:

    @JRay3 re #32, yeah. I still think McGehee’s worth a look, esp. in a platoon context. Then again, I’m still hoping Steve Blass regains his touch.

  138. JRay3 says:

    Time to get KC some run support!

  139. Milo Hamilton says:

    I say just shut Karstens down now & pitch him Saturday. Problem solv-ed.

  140. Johnnie Ray III,

    Looks like Correa must have lost count of his pitches thrown. (although I worried on the 2-1 pitch that Doumit hammered just foul)

  141. Officer Mancuso says:

    @136 Milo, awesome on Karstens.

  142. JRay3 says:

    @ Milo – thanks for the Karstens update, that maybe the best news of the evening. One more start without complications and a welcome face to rejoin the rotation!

  143. Come on, Milo——wouldn’t you like to see Rudy Owens in the flesh on Saturday . . . . . . . to at least stop the complaining here that he has not been brought up?

  144. Officer Mancuso says:

    Count me among those who’d have risen to their feet and applauded Ryan Doumit. I like scrappy. I like “all in”, and I don’t hold it against you if you’re injured in the effort. Speaking as a fan, not GM.

  145. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Groat

    It’s going to be Rick VandenHurk on Saturday if they don’t stay with Lincoln. This place will really blow up then. He was born in the Netherlands, you know. Just like Bert.

  146. OK, Stevie: now you can say something!!

    Scorekeep didn’t give Barmes a hit but ump sure did!!

    Boy, does this pitcher remind me of Zach Duke when he was good, before he hurt his arm!

  147. DemonDachshund says:

    I’ll likely only be able to get to one game this year… Please don’t make me watch Lincoln pitch on Saturday! (At least not as a starter)

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    Karstens through 6 shutout innings 56 pitches – 11 balls.

  149. Groat, I wasn’t going to say anything. Before I saw the slow motion camera shot, I was going to say he made me eat some crow, but once I saw that the ump helped out, I just shut up. Thanks, though.

  150. Even I, who have been unwavering in my support for Lincoln for 3 years——speaking against Fearless Leader Dejan——would be disappointed if Lincoln starts Saturday. In competition, he has forfeited that right!

    And I know you mentioned Bert just to get a rise, and I am not going to take the bait!

    .

    .

    .

    .

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY LET BLYLEVEN INTO THE HALL OF FAME!!! THERE’S NO WAY HE EARNED IT!!! HE ONLY MADE 2 ALL STAR GAMES IN 22 SEASONS!!! HOW CAN YOU BE ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME IF YOU WERE NEVER AMONG THE BEST IN ANY SEASON?!?!?!?!

  151. RobertoForever says:

    For those who are rewriting history and saying that Barmes was not considered a quality Shortstop free agent, I give you a few links from the offseason. Barmes was ranked in the top 5 (including Reyes, Rollins and Furcal).

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/32961818

    http://baseball.about.com/od/newsrumors/a/2011-12-Free-Agent-Shortstops.htm

    http://brewersrumors.com/2011/11/01/mlb-free-agents-2012-jose-reyes-and-5-shortstops-milwaukee-brewers-are-targeting/

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2011/10/6/2473129/previewing-the-market-shortstops

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/10/2011-free-agent-options-shortstop.html

    While Clint has underperformed offensively, he was not a bad free agent signing. As the CBS article says, high risk, high reward. You don’t always win.

  152. Officer Mancuso says:

    KC is, to my mind, a #3 or #4 starter. He replaces some Pirates who didn’t do much better. He’ll be judged by whether or not he can usually keep it within reach of the bats for 6. And the bats are an unknown quantity now.

  153. JRay3 says:

    @ Milo – I will not be able to fathom if Rick VandenHurk gets a shot before Owens, Locke, Wilson. All three of those southpaws rate as top 15 prospects and potentially a part of the future which could be now.

    Where does Rick VandenHurk even play into the equation?

  154. Officer Mancuso says:

    KC need to eat innings, not taste them.

  155. JRay3 says:

    JHay, being aggressive and gets into scoring position (can we let him play SS) time to knock him in!

  156. JRay3 says:

    And JHay takes third as well!! Now a Sac Fly will get it done, speed is a great weapon.

  157. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Come on Casey!!!!!

  158. Nice double steal. That is what the speed can do if Cutch is walked to get around his hitting.

  159. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Nice

  160. JRay3 says:

    And the Bucs manufacture a run! Single, two steals and than the Sac Fly, great efforts Josh and Casey.

  161. Got it deep enough Casey! Thank you! 2-0 with Cutch at third.

  162. Ryan Doumit experiences deja vu!!

    He makes 2 almost perfect throws (2nd one was perfect!) but pitcher doesn’t even try to hold runners close and Bucs get 3 stolen bases——charged against Doumit’s record.

  163. Johnnie Ray III,

    Hurdle knows same stats about Correa that you do!!

    Correa puts a guy on base with one out in 6th, and Hurdle immediately gets 2 up in pen.

  164. JRay3 says:

    @ Groat – Good managing by Clint there not the time to take any chances.

    Big out by Watson, now let’s get out of this.

  165. Eric Bowser says:

    Tony Watson gets Morneau to fly out to McCutchen, 2 outs.

  166. DemonDachshund says:

    @JRay3 -

    The only reasons logical explanations (or at least explanations involving some amount of logic) I can come up with for NOT starting either Owens or Locke are:

    1) They don’t believe in the young guys, and feel that a start where they get shelled in the bigs will hurt any potential trade value, as they could be considered trade chips over the next two months.

    2) They don’t want to give Owens any service time this year or Locke any additional service time this year in the interests of long term arbitration/free agency. Doesn’t really make sense since they already called up and sat Locke, and the “Super 2″ deadline is almost certainly passed at this point.

    3) They legitimately think that Lincoln deserves another shot, and gives them the best chance to win the game.

    4) They legitimately think VandenHurk is the best option RIGHT NOW and gives them the best chance to win the game. He has a great stat line so far at Indy.

    1 and 2 seem like stretches to me… But ya never know.

  167. Who are those guys calling for Justin Morneau to be traded for by Pirates?!

    He is 6 for 64 against lefties!!! Now 6 for 65!!! .095.

    That makes Garrett Jones look like an All Star against lefties!

  168. Eric Bowser says:

    former Pirate alert

  169. JRay3 says:

    Tony Watson to Ryan Doumit – “Not in our house!”

  170. Eric Bowser says:

    Doumit still sucks, lol. Watson strikes out the former Pirates hitter.

  171. I’m impressed!!

    Ryan Doumit can hit any fastball, and Tony Watson threw 3 by him!!

  172. Great pitch by Watson to get Douy!

  173. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t know about you, but I’d pitch around Trevor Plouffe to get to Ryan Doumit. Every time.

  174. JRay3 says:

    @ DemonDachshund – A very good take and a lot of different thoughts. To me these are our young guys and we need to display faith in them as they have to grow up at some point.

    If it is truly option # 4 (and yes I am aware of his solid stat lines in Indy, but he has always done well in the minors and implodes in the bigs) than I guess I would rather give Lincoln another shot to get right.

  175. Eric Bowser says:

    Really hoping this is the beginning of long-term success for Pedro Alvarez.

  176. cosmo says:

    how about Barmes. rbi double

  177. Eric Bowser says:

    Barmes double, Alvarez good base running… Buccos up 3-0

  178. Well, Stevie, this time Barmes took the decision away from scorekeep AND ump!

    3 for 3!!!

  179. Nice of us to all talk trash on Barmes today and he delivers with a 3 for 3 night with a double and RBI.

  180. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Thank goodness Barmes got the start tonight……..ha ha

  181. Actually, it may not have been trash, but some of us were discussing Mercer to take his spot.

  182. Milo Hamilton says:

    This may be the 1st time all year, all 8 position players are batting over .200 !

  183. Quick, somebody get a calculator!!! Is Barmes over the Mendoza line?! Is he higher than Pedro? Nah, Pedro got a hit, but is Barmes close?

  184. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Steve

    It was trash…a lot of it really

  185. Eric Bowser says:

    What are Minnesota fans thinking right now?

  186. JD says:

    With his 3rd hit, Barmes at .201. All 8 batters hitting over .200. When was the last time these Bucs could say that?

  187. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    .201

  188. Keith says:

    Barmes is … not killing me today.

  189. That will work. RBI for Hague.

  190. Thanks, calculator guys!!

    Good baserunning by Barmes.

  191. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Actually, looked at GAMECAST

  192. Nate83 says:

    A lot of unlikely heroes in today’s game. Hopefully they complete the win.

  193. JRay3 says:

    Just when you start feeling good, you realize nothing is going to come easy with this club. Have to earn it. What a gun by Alvarez…six more outs!

  194. Pedro play at 3rd for last out makes up for his gaff on the relay on potential double play——of course, it first cost us 2 runs on HR with 2 out.

  195. Milo Hamilton says:

    Final line on Karstens – 7 IP 1 ER 5 K 1 BB. 78 pitches, 59 strikes.

  196. JRay3 says:

    CUTCH is CLUTCH!

  197. Cutch with his 2 run shot gets those 2 back!! Way to go baby!!

  198. cosmo says:

    Does anybody know if we’ll see Verlander this weekend?

    Cutch with a bomb down the line.

  199. Eric Bowser says:

    McCutchen with 2-run HR to short LF, make it 6-2 Buccos in bottom of 7th.

  200. Jandy says:

    finally get hubby to turn on the game, just in time to see Cutch’s Homer :)

  201. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just passed San Diego in runs scored.

  202. DemonDachshund says:

    @cosmo

    Verlander is going tonight, so that would put him on track for Sunday.

  203. Chico says:

    Harrison is having a helluva game. First, he homers (with help). Then he steals two bases to get himself in scoring position for a Sac fly. Then, he beats out an infield grounder and distracts the pitcher on the basepath enough to help get McCutchen a fat pitch to take deep. He should be in tomorrow, wherever they can put him.

  204. JD says:

    I’m at a BW3 in Chicago. Who is the bobblehead they keep showing?

  205. Milo Hamilton says:

    @cosmo

    Verlander pitches Sunday.

  206. cosmo says:

    thanks, I was hoping we’d miss him.

  207. On Pedro’s double, the OVER wins the night!! Nice shot!!

  208. Jandy says:

    Nice DB pedro!

  209. Milo Hamilton says:

    @JD

    That is a Garrett Jones bobble from the minor leagues.

  210. cosmo says:

    Pedro doubles to make the over a winner tonite

  211. JD, it is Jones in a Minnesota Uni.

  212. Eric Bowser says:

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro… keep it going.

  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    JD:

    Not sure about the bobblehead. But how receptive were they to turn a TV to this game with the Cubs playing the ChiSox?

  214. Milo, thanks, it didn’t look exactly like a Twins helmet. I also missed that part of the broadcast that may have mentioned which team it was.

  215. JMB says:

    Three cheers for the OVER!

  216. Kevin says:

    Broke even with Pedro!! Niiiiice.

  217. Chico says:

    PEDRO! Wins me 100!

  218. JMB says:

    I hoped JRay’s system was flawed for tonight after that first walk.

  219. JD says:

    Thanks Steve & Milo. I was able to get one of the Sox-Cubs tv’s turned to the Buccos. No sound though. Now the dang NBA finals are blaring. I’m with DK. Screw the NBA.

  220. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Good outing by KC tonight.

  221. cosmo says:

    I’ve got to admit that I’ve been down on Pedro all year, but I have to give him credit he’s a good 3 game stretch. Now hope he can keep it going for awhile.

  222. Man, it is SO much more fun to watch the Pirates when they win more than they lose!!

  223. Kevin says:

    i might be delusional, but I think this team is for REAL. Keep in mind that I don’t have the opportunity to watch them AT ALL. Everything I get is from MLB Scoreboard and you guys…Gotta believe!

  224. JohninOshkosh says:

    Now that Barmes is on a tear and lighting up the league, maybe he can be used as trade bait. :)

  225. Reds tied in the 9th at Cleveland.

    If Reds lose, Bucs only 2 1/2 back!!!

  226. Wow! Two straight outstanding plays in outfield rob Tabata and Harrison of sure doubles.

    That’s the kind of outfield play I envision by Pirate outfield eventually.

  227. It was great that the crowd got behind Resop wanting to score on that double by Cutch and gave Leyva a rounding Boo.

  228. It was also nice that he didn’t get hurt trying to stop when Leyva put up the Stop sign.

  229. Milo Hamilton says:

    Joggin’ Joe with his best Lonnie Smith impression.

  230. JRay3 says:

    The Bucs belt out 12 hits and and get multi-hit performances from McCutchen, Alvarez, Harrison and Barmes to take game one of the three game set with the Twins 7-2 and there was noooooooooooo doubt about it!

    The Pirates will look to extend their three game winning streak in the middle game of the set with Erik Bedard taking the hill for the Bucs tomorrow night.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  231. Raise it!!! Let’s tee off on the next two guys over the next two days. Come on Cleveland, though it is 1st and 3rd in the top of the 10th.

  232. Passed ball let’s in the 2nd Reds run. 2-1 2 out in the top of the 10th. Dang it!

  233. RobertoForever says:

    I can’t see the Root Sports feed, but I assume the Garrett Jones bobblehead is from the Rochester (NY) Red Wings, the triple-A affiliate of the Twins. Jones spent 3 years there blocked by Morneau, and he hit 25 HR’s a year there. Very popular.

  234. Milo Hamilton says:

    Here’s Paulie.

  235. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates are 42% of the way to 82 wins in 40% of the season, that’s a good sign!

  236. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s it Roberto. I got a feeling it’ll be right back there tomorrow.

  237. Choo with a lead off single in bottom of 9th off of Chapman.

  238. Kevin says:

    As I said…this team is for REAL.

  239. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Awesome win…Doumit did nothing, especially when the Twins needed him.

  240. Actually there was already an out, so man on 1st with one out.

  241. DIng! Ding! Ding! Dinger for 3-2 win by the Trib. Bucs now 2.5 out of first, another game up on the Cards, and keep to within .5 games of the 2nd wild card spot!!

  242. Eric Bowser says:

    In June, Pirates have scored 82 runs in 16 games for 5.13 runs/game. Take away the 25 runs scored over the last 3 games, team would have 57 runs over 13 games, 4.38 runs/game.

    Last season, Pirates scored 105 runs in 27 games for 3.89 runs/game.

    Let’s hope for continued improvement.

  243. Cabrera hit an opposite field 2-run homer off of Chapman in the bottom of the ninth for the Indians win.

  244. Make that bottom of the 10th.

  245. twentytwo22 says:

    Astroball is a good player. Goat on Sunday, hero tonight. Both to our benefit.

  246. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    One game at a time guys….Are they real? Not sure yet. One game, one series.

    J-Hay, Barmes had a good game.

    Did Pedro make the over/under?

  247. Eric Bowser says:

    Pitching

    June 2011 – 106 runs in 27 games, 3.93 runs against/game or 3.51 ERA
    June 2012 – 70 runs in 16 games, 4.38 runs against/game or 4.43 ERA

    Bullpen is fine with Lincoln back there, so Huntington has to seriously consider looking for a starting pitcher, not sure Jeff Karstens, Jeff Locke or Rudy Owens are going to be the answer.

  248. twentytwo22 says:

    The Pirates did the job tonight. Correia’s strong 5 innings were the key. They scored first, got an insurance run, Watson wiggled out of the sixth, and then they hammered the Twin’s bullpen. They beat a starter with a 2.15 ERA. Now win the series and don’t sleep on the possibility of a sweep.

  249. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    2.5 Games back……

  250. Chico says:

    I’ll mention it again. Harrison tore it up on the base paths. He manufactured runs and distracted the pitchers. He should get the start again tomorrow, especially with Doumit behind the plate.

  251. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Pedro covers and the OVER wins. Thank you to the 30 players who (fake) wagered tonight. See you tomorrow.

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