By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
BRADENTON, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …
Game: Pirates (2-6) vs. Houston Astros, exhibition
Starters: RHP Kyle McPherson vs. RHP John Ely
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Site: McKechnie Field
Radio: KDKA-AM 1020
Among our coverage today: Here’s the Sunday column about Clint Hurdle and his highly candid, I’m betting you’ll agree, observations about how he hopes to keep his players’ trust after Epic Collapses I and II. … Rob Biertempfel takes a close look at the art of pitch-framing. … And here’s my news coverage of the conflicting assessments regarding Russell Martin’s status.
Here is today’s home team lineup:
- Jose Tabata, LF
- Clint Barmes, SS
- Andrew McCutchen, CF
- Pedro Alvarez, 3B
- Neil Walker, 2B
- Garrett Jones, 1B
- Brad Hawpe, DH
- Jerry Sands, RF
- Tony Sanchez, C
UPDATE 10:38 a.m.: Martin clearly got his wish to not play today, though he has come out for drills right now in full gear. In other drills of late, he’s been just rolling the ball away after receiving rather than throwing it back to the pitcher.
Again, see link above for Clint Hurdle saying yesterday he’d expected Martin to play today.