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Final: Pirates 8, Reds 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (92-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (90-70)

Starters: RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Morton, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel, Karen Price and Joe Starkey are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

324 Comments

  1. Same line up again today. It looks like this will be the 8 playing on Tuesday.

  2. Don’t usually comment on the lineups, but Barmes with Ground Chuck makes a lot of sense.

  3. This lineup only squeezed out 6 hits last night, and Byrd had 3 of the 6, but they made ‘em count.

    Pedro’s should have counted for 2.

    I believe they can nail Bronson.

  4. Morneau has to break out sometime, right?

    • If he hits one on Tuesday I’m happy. Obviously he hasn’t gotten many hits that have driven runs in but he has walked a ton to keep rallies going and has moved Walker or Cutch up on the basepaths. It hasn’t resulted in RBI’s but he has been productive in other ways including defense.

    • If you’re an optimist, yes. If you’re a realist, no. I prefer the former over the latter.

      • I do as well. I was simply saying he has done other things well. Martin batting over .200 since the trade would help make Morneau’s walks and moving base runners up more valuable. Pedro hitting a little better as well would help.

    • He’s been a dud so far. But I wonder if we’d be getting the same offensive production from Jones if he was getting most of the playing time at first.

      Morneau has been pretty solid in the field.
      I was talking with a Twins fan the other day and he said that Morneau is the best fielding first baseman that the Pirates have had in a long time. My response was that Adam LaRoche was pretty good too, and that I thought from what I’ve seen out of both of them Gabby Sanchez seems to be just as good as Moreau in the field.

      • I’m no expert, and I like Gaby in the field, too, but I agree with the guy from Minnesota. He’s been at least as good as Adam, and maybe better. No way to know for sure, but I don’t think Gaby or Adam make all those plays he made in Chicago. And I think Adam was even better than Gaby. Some of those were just baseball smarts and instinct.

      • guys , dont forget the Jones we saw, day in and day out, through August…and we all agreed it was time for someone, anyone, new at 1B. And we know Gaby vs RHPs is not the answer.

        We got Morneau for a reason, to play 1B everyday and we have got to stick with it.. he doesnt have to bat 4th but thats a different topic. If/when he gets into a hot streak, he can boost this offense a ton. let’s hope its coming

    • I agree, AW. He doesn’t apear ‘lost’ at the plate (the favored term when someone is scuffling like Jones) and almost always seems to be right on the pitch. Stats can’t prove it but my view is he’s been hitting the ball fairly hard and making loud outs.

    • One would think, Arriba.

  5. SATURDAY OVER/UNDER!!!

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    Today’s Line
    Total INNINGS PITCHED by Charlie Morton in today’s game
    Line is 6.75

    GOOD LUCK!!!

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  6. 100 on the over.

  7. Shortly after the Cardinals clinched the Division title yesterday, a reporter asked their starter Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) what he thought. “We wanted to win the Central,” said Lynn. “We had to face that Wild Card Game last year, and it’s not a fun game to be a part of. You have two good teams that are deserving of being in the playoffs in that Wild Card Game and only one wins. We didn’t want to be a part of that.”
    Who could blame any of the Cardinals for thinking that as they went into August and September? They had the experience of last year’s WC fight. If the inexperienced Pirates had won a few more games in August and September, they might have made it where the Cardinals finished. But that’s water under the bridges.
    I fear that failure to get past Cincinnati–today, tomorrow and Tuesday–will end up being our last chance for longer than we may suspect. The team is as strong as any in the NL, but it is not likely to be as strong and talented next year. We are not likely to have Byrd, Morneau, A.J. and some of the others who make this such a strong team back again.

    • I would hope they go after Byrd and Neal already said they will make every effort to get A.J. back, for what that’s worth.

      I like Morneau, but he’s kind of like Iginla was for the Pens. It was great to have him, but he probably won’t be back.

      Would have been better to have the Morneau from a few years back, but that’s the understatement of the season. Do like that glove he brings.

    • The future can be very bright, War. And I believe it will. The pipeline is literally loading up with talented pitching. I know they won’t all pan out, but some surely will. The last few drafts appear to have been phenomenal. Just last week it was announced that our 2 first round draft picks were selected as the #1 and #3 prospects in the GCL after this year. And closer to Pittsburgh the talent is pretty good also. Gregory Polanco should arrive next season at some point, and he could be very good. I believe this organization knows what it is doing now, after wandering in the wilderness for 2 decades.

      As for the losses next season, Morneau is not a big deal. AJ may or may not re-sign, but I believe he will. Wandy could very well be ready for spring training. Marlon Byrd, I believe, will sign elsewhere. But, there are similar veteran OF available each year, and Huntington has proven he can find starting pitchers. Cutch is still improving, as are Marte, Mercer and Pedro. Cole will only get more dominant. I’m really not seeing the pessimism. For once, this franchise is on sound footing in my opinion. Even if they slip back a bit, as you say, there is no reason to think they won’t content again often in the forseeable future.

  8. Can someone please decipher this post-game quote from Dusty Baker for me?

    “This team knows how to come back. This team won 2 out of 3 games here vs. this team earlier. Now, all we have to do is win 2 out of 3 in the last 2 games of this series.”

  9. War Horse : don’t know much about the orginization or the prospects on their way,do you ?

  10. Quietly, Pedro has cut way down on his fielding errors. 2 errors in 25 games in September and 3 errors in his last 40 games.

    Also, a rare outburst of emotion as he approached the dugout after his bomb last night. Loved it!

  11. If the Padres are right, they are betting on Arroyo baffling us with junk and lots of curves. Hope we are patient.

  12. Did McCarver just say that Phillips is the best fielding second baseman he’s ever seen!?

    I hope someone tells Walk & Wehner that he said that
    :-)

  13. A tale of woe: I cannot watch this game anywhere since Fox has determined I should see Tamp Bay and Cleveland! Thank goodness for the blog.

  14. Morton wiggles out of it and escapes the first, big to get Frazier in that situation.

  15. Oh lord, I don’t know who is worse Tim McCarver or Thommmmm Brennaman. Sheesh.

  16. These FOX idiots are basically trying to will the Reds to a win today. When we forced Votto at second last inning, they were trying to say he made Barmes move his feet and took him out of the play. Meanwhile, it was a slowly hit ball with Phillips running, Barmes was being smart and not throwing it to have something go wrong and lead to the run scoring. Go Bucs!

  17. Why is Barmes in the lineup???

  18. Oh I’m really interested in what Matt Latos has to say.

  19. Interview with the cry baby Latos, I’ve just turned the sound off.

  20. Gotta start swinging at some of these first pitch meatballs.

  21. Boom boom!

  22. Back to Back- Walkerand Cutch both go deep towards center off Arroyo and Buccos take 2-0 lead!

    Walker seems to have found his power stroke in month of Sept. and Cutch is sewing up the MVP award.

  23. I bend over backward not to be provincial and DK’s proverbial thin skinned Pirate fan. I really do. But these clowns were not even talking about the Pirates until those home runs. Awful.

  24. I think the Steelers should be looking at John Buck = offensive lineman

  25. Time for some Byrd power. If not, put another duck on the pond for Pedro.

  26. Carver just said that Byrd was traded to the Reds. What an idiot. He needs to retire.

  27. Reds believe that Cole is a wild card because they have not seen him this year. Would rather face him tomorrow then Tuesday.

  28. Choo doesn’t really try to get out of the way of any of those pitches

  29. Where is that Range Resources pitch locator when you need it. Looks like Charlie is being squeezed at times.

  30. Hate when we give the run(s) right back.

  31. THIS…is the Charlie Morton we all know and love.

  32. How long is he left in game?? three walks already

  33. Morton blows!

  34. J. wehner says Cutch “miised everybody” and should have able to get Phillips if he had hit any cutoff player. True? Irritating not to see these plays.

  35. Clint should have taken Morton out 4 innings ago

  36. First pitch to Petey! :-)

  37. Great American is a good place for Home Run Derby!

  38. Has Pedro’s blast landed yet? What a monster blast.

  39. RBI #100 on an absolute blast by Pedro who hits his 36th HR of year and second in series, tie game!

  40. I am really surprised Pedro didn’t dance across home plate & back to the dugout like Phillips did last inning

  41. That looked like a batting practice pitch to Pedro.
    He didn’t miss it

  42. And Pedro with another nice defensive play.

  43. Why in the H— is the major league’s top auto out in the Pirate lineup and Jordy is on
    the bench?

  44. I would like to see how much production Pence will give for $18 million per year during year 4 & 5 of his new deal.

  45. 5 years and 90 million for Pence to stay with the Giants,

  46. PRNW!!! 4-3 Buccos!

  47. I wonder if Reds fans are saying Dusty should have taken Aroyo out after Perdro’s homer…or after the first one by Walker

  48. Justin keeps fouling off very hittable pitches.

  49. Gotta keepmthis lead which will nail Chapman to the bullpen bench!

    How about Byrd for MVP???

  50. Byrd with Bucs fifth HR of day as Bucs chase another Red starter early…6-3 good guys!

  51. Its nice to see the long ball is working today for the good guys. And I agree, this will keep Chapman in the bull pen all day long, unless toothpick decides to bring him in to throw at someone to try to turn the tables in this one.

  52. Damn. Of all the games to be blacked out! I just have to pretend I am out in the Hudson with my ear to the radio.

  53. Btw, fellow paranoids, Fox has not shown a single highlight from the Reds/Pirates game on the TB/ Toronto game.

  54. How much time does Phillips get?

  55. 83 pitches, four walks through 4 innings–how long does Hurdle allow this nonsense to continue??

  56. I just came in from mowing the grass to find out that I am getting the Toronto – Tampa Bay game too. To paraphrase Thom Brennaman, that really sucks.

    • +++++. I share your pain. Sure hope contracts are altered in the future. I have probably watched 150+ games this year, and I am not allowed to watch the most important one, so far.

  57. Morton is just trying to screw this up. Bases loaded and one out.

    • Steve

      We all know Morton’s pattern so there should be no surprise at his performance today. Thank God that (1) the offense is clicking today and (2) Clint got Charlie out of the game before Stinkcinnati scored more runs.

  58. Have Tweedledum and Tweedledum mentioned that anyone was throwing?

  59. What a job by Mazzaro to come in with bases loaded and get punch out, fly out to retire Reds without allowing a run. Half way home.

  60. Had to get Lambo an at bat today – ball is flying out of the park…

    Glad for him – if you don’t know his story you should Google it…

  61. Lambo gets into act with first career HR, Bucs 6th of day and Pirates bats making statement…7-3 Buccos!

  62. Lambo joins in the HR parade. 7-3!

  63. Congrats Lambo….

  64. When was the last time the Bucs had six homers in a game…

    Seemed like there were weeks this year when they did not have six…

  65. Very happy for Lambo.

    Took him about 7 seconds to round the bases.

  66. “Free at last! Free at last! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, Lambo is FREE at last!” Up here, everybody! Wooooooooo-HOO!

  67. If the Pirates go on to win today, the pitcher everyone seems to love to hate – Vin “The Win Vulture” Mazzaro – will improve to 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA for the season. He’s had a couple of dud’s, but Vin has actually been pretty solid.

  68. I think he makes the playoff roster off of today – audition for a slot?

  69. Wilson is hurting his chances…

    Needs to put Votto away….

  70. While still fresh, any praise for J. Bell for the dismantling of Arroyo? His “game plan?”

  71. Time to hit more long balls off Duke

  72. And here comes Zach Duke for the mighty REVERSE mop-up duty!

  73. Not able to watch the game, why was brandon phillips removed from the game?

    • Fouled one off his lower leg. Swelled like a melon. He stayed in and got a hit, then Dusty pinch ran for him.

    • CMST, we only have radio. Sounded like he basically hit a foul ball off his ankle. Wehner was REALLY giving Phillips a hard time, saying he was calling way too much attention to himself. He called the trainer out after he fouled it off his foot, and WEHNER was like, “Man, what’s a trainer going to do for that,” pretty much saying it was all a big attention-getting thing by Phillips. He came out after getting a single a few pitches later. Neverett said he was all doubled over at first base.

  74. Now Fox is showing Twins/indians. At least I can watch Presley and Fryer (no Doumit). Talk about a poor substitute.

  75. Tomorrows pirate lineup

    Pie CF
    Harrison 2B
    Lambo LF
    G Sanchez 3B
    Jones 1B
    Buck 3B
    Snyder RF
    Mercer SS

  76. Barmes sac fly and Pirates are doing their part to ensure the BIGGEST game in Pittsburgh sports this year will be played in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  77. Doumit sighting. Has a great looking beard(probably be sold to the Red sox). Ripped a line drive foul, then struck out — same old . . .

  78. Awesome to hear a loud “Let’s go Bucs” chant in Cincy! 1 to go!

  79. Welcome to a glorious home game, Pittsburgh!!! Bucs win!

  80. It is over, off the power display of six HR’s the Bucs secure second place in the Central and will host their first playoff game since 1992 Tuesday night at PNC where the place will be electric.

    Think you have to save Cole as insurance for playoff game and throw Cumpton or Johnson tomorrow.

    Go Bucs!

  81. RAISE IT!!!!!

  82. One more word, “sweet,” for the home game.

  83. Tuesday’s high 75!

  84. Raise it high and proud. Awesome!!!!!! Fans get a home game and man do they deserve it. Congratulations to the fans that stuck with this team for the last 20 years especially the ones that have spent their hard earned money to go to the games. Enjoy it. You all earned it.

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  86. I am so proud.

  87. Reds have lost 4 in a row, including today in which the Pirates walked 8 and hit 1. My guess is that the Pirates won’t get away with that on Tuesday.

  88. “We”

    I never use this word with professional sports.

    “We won.” I didn’t hit. I didn’t pitch.

    20 years.

    We Won.

  89. So how does the series go after the wild card game?

    We will play a 5 game series against the club with the best regular season record?

    Is it two there, two here and one there?

    The outage at the plant starts Monday at 0001.

    The schedule is we start to defuel next Sunday night

    So the defueling window is two days

    During that time I gotta work 1000 to 2000 (8 pm)

    Crap, shoulda retired Oct 1….

  90. Awesome game!

    The bats came alive and took advantage of Arroyo’s misses.

    Chuck kept the ball up and had too many walks. Need him to get back to where he was before todays start for the playoffs.

    Tomorrow’s game means nothing. Throw the young guys out there.

    Liriano goes on Tuesday with Cole ready in the BP.

    Like our chances at home.

  91. Here’s to Frank Coonelly, who was mocked heavily when he stated last fall that the Bucs would play meaningful baseball, not only in September, but that they plan to do it in October too. I’m glad the front office was given the opportunity to finish what they started.

    Lets Go Bucs!

    • I hope Slick Frank just goes away.

      He is not an easy man to like

      But, Hi Frank, Congratulations

      Take a cab tonight ;-)

    • He’s said the same stuff just about every year.

    • Relax. Chill out.

      • Ha Ha plan. I’m glad to see your doom and gloom failed to materialize again. The Buccos won 2 games and will finish in 2nd place. Keep dwelling on the DUI while the rest of us enjoy the games.

        • JD, you arent relaxing or chilling out. Whats the matter, you get mad when someone uses your phrases against you?

          You may call it doom and gloom, but I saw some horrible losses recently, and given the teams history of collapses, I had flashbacks. But you are entitled to your opinions.

          I am also enjoying the games. Maybe not as much as you, but I still am cheering the Pirates on. Like Biz says, “expect the worst, Hope for the best.

          Oh, and tell your “friend Frank, if he didnt do stupid things like the DUI, amongst others, we wouldnt dwell on it. I think that is a simple concept, dont you?

          Like you always say……… Relax. Chill out! :)

        • The man has no class

          That being said

          Beat Em Bucs

          • Biz, I know this must be a special season for you.

            Still have a bit to go to “Go Like 60″.

            But I am hoping they do. Our hearts may not survive, but how satisfying it would be.

    • Tell us again what Frank does, besides get DUI’s, and do Hoka Hey interviews on the Fan?

      We will all wait.

      DK: We STILL don’t have a Like button on here? I’ll have to get on that.

      • He runs the team.

        But those other things…that’s all you think he does

        • Hahahahahaha, Thunder!!

          Lets see, those things are documented, along with the Stroll Inn, etc.
          For the record, thats is not all I think he does. I just dont know what he does do.

          Like sign a horrible TV deal, among the worst in all of baseball……..
          I do know he got the Budweiser Bowtie Bar…. right after the DUI……

          So maybe you have some “inside” information as to what he does?
          You and JD may be the only ones in Pittsburgh who like him, and dont say you dont, because you just defended him, as you do the FO all the time.

          So my original question stands………… what does he do?
          Your answer, “he runs the team”, is equivalent to saying all people breathe air. He is a total embarrassment to Pittsburgh, as well as humankind.
          Proof of that? 4 friends of mine had a dispute involving Season tickets. Frank came into the meeting, and said he didnt care if they renewed the season tickets or not. THAT is how Frank “runs the team”.

          • “Your answer, “he runs the team”, is equivalent to saying all people breathe air. He is a total embarrassment to Pittsburgh, as well as humankind.”

            I have no comeback for that train of thought
            No way to have a debate with that.

      • Thanks, Mr. Moderator. :)

        Shouldnt you be in bed for the game? ;)

      • Thanks, Mr. Moderator. :)

        Shouldnt you be in bed for the game? ;)

      • What Hoka Hey interview?

  92. When was the last time Cumpton pitched in a game?

  93. Did TBS ever announce what time the game is on Tuesday?

  94. I hope Dusty doesn’t switch off Latos for Cueto Tuesday. I’d much rather face Latos. But I think that’s what he’s going to do.

  95. Pounding the Reds?

    Priceless.

  96. Todd Frazier after the game on Friday said that it was just 2 hits that beat them. It wasn’t like the Pirates slaughtered them.

    Well, it was 6 HR today, Todd. What do you say now?

    Actually, I’m pretty sure I know what you’ll all say. You’ll say it doesn’t matter where the Wild Card game is played. We’ll see.

    My hat is off to all the Bucs fans who showed up in Cincinnati and took that place over by the 8th inning.

    Let’s go ahead and sweep them with the subs tomorrow, just because.

  97. I missed the game but I got to see a very happy little birthday girl. Nothing else I would miss the game for at this point. I see Charlie had a good outing. I see we got run support. I see we got a home playoff game coming up Tuesday!
    I’m bowled over :D :D :D

    • Glad you had a good time.

      You and that bowling…………… ;)

      • I sure did. That lil one is precious :)

        yeah I’m STILL laughing over it lol

        • Now we need to see you and your daughter in here tomorrow.

          Both Buca and Steelers play at 1.

          My remote has fresh batteries, so I am set.

          Just hope bowling isnt on also…………………………. :D

          • Ha! I can’t promise to be on….as there is Harvestfest at DelGrosso’s Park. Hubby and I missed last year, and we wanna go. If it’s raining, however, that may change.

          • Can’t wait to read your 137 posts. 19 references to your pond. 32 exchanges of hellos. 85 negative posts about how the Steelers will be lucky to go 6-10 and how the Bucs will fail. And 1 “Hi Frank”

            Relax dude. Chill out.

            • :D

              Back at ya.
              Always enjoy your cheery attitude also.

              :D

              • Good evening Plan. And how is the pond tonight, my friend? :)

              • I am fine, Lad. Relaxed and chilled. ;)

                But be careful, JD may have a blood vessel burst by you referencing the Pond.

                According to him, I might have already exceeded my “JD permitted” # of posts for the day. We also exchanged hellos, and he doesnt allow that, either.

                But I hope this finds you doing well.

                Hi Frank! :D

  98. From somewhere in Kentucky, a reverend just screamed

    “THAT’S THE WAY TO DOT MY EYE”

  99. John Cooper looks great. He has aged well.

  100. I wonder if the Reds will be playing to win on Sunday against the Buc’s second stringers.
    It will be interesting to watch the bench boys perform. GO, BUCS, all the way!!!

  101. What’s with these Ohio State helmets ? Is Wisconsin really that special of an opponent that they have to break out the special unis ?

    • $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • With the not so vaunted schedule Urban specializes in, I think Wisconsin at home is special. If this game were at Camp Randall, it may have been a different result.

      OSU has a lot of talent, but their coach doesn’t seem to want to play anyone outside of his conference that might pose any chance of a loss. Does OSU have anyone left on the schedule but B1G teams?

      With his SEC background, I was hoping he would embrace a more difficult schedule each year. Disappointing.

  102. Sleep tight lunatics

    Good tidings

    Enjoy, its sweet

    I’ll put Francisco at PNC on Tuesday against about anyone

    One step on a long road

    But first step accomplished

  103. At least the “There’s never been a playoff game at PNC Park” stigma is gone forever. Win or lose on Tuesday, it would have been a shame had the game not been played at PNC.

  104. Reverend just went falcetto

  105. Yeah, Braxton Miller can’t throw.

  106. Sorry I am super late to the party (or am I super early for the next one). I was at an all day party at a friend’s house.

    Glad to see the offensive explosion put on by our Buccos. Cannot wait until Tuesday. Time to put the Reds away, back into their troll holes! Look out post season, here come the Buccos!

    Rest well Lunatics..

  107. Just got home from an all day long “80′s Rock In The Park” thing. Probably 20,000 folks spread out over a few acres. A lot of Pirate hats & shirts. All new. I engaged as many of them as I could and they are all in. We were keeping each other updated on the Home Run Derby that went on in Cincy today.

    We always see Steelers and Pens stuff down here (East Coast of Florida), but very scarce on Buccos stuff. The last week has been surreal. So… Much Pirates gear being worn.

    Tuesday 8pm PNC Park.

    Go Bucs!

  108. Hi Nickname Girl. Just beating you to the punch.

  109. Some very positive, thoughtful ideas about the Pirates’ chances in the play-offs to start the day:
    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/09/first-pitch-getting-hot-at-the-right-time.html?wt=2

  110. Does anyone know whether Andrew Lambo plays any 1b? If he can, that would seem to give him more of an opportunity to stick next year. It sure appears that Jones is no longer in the plans, and unless Morneau suddenly gets hot in the playoffs, I doubt he and his now light hitting bat are in the mix to platoon with Gabby next year at 1b. On the other hand, not knowing whether Byrd can be resigned, and with Polanco not arriving until at least June, Lambo could be a platoon partner with Tabby and/or Gabby. Dickerson could be another option coming up from the minors.

    I would hope we can find a more established lefty-hitting 1b in the off-season. We have sacrificed a lot of power there this year relative to other teams, especially in the 2nd half of the year. I am not saying Lambo is the answer. He is unproven, and until yesterday all of his HR were hit against minor league pitching. But, I am also not dismissing that he could be a decent major league hitter with pop against righties. Minor leagues or not, 32 HR in a season says there is talent there, IMO.

    I think Byrd is a tough re-sign. My guess is he would love to come back to the Bucs. But, this is not an AJ situation. Byrd probably feels this is his last chance at a pretty good 2 year deal. I don’t think he is financially in AJ’s situation where he feels he could easily accept a 1-year deal with maybe an option for a 2nd year at a home town discount. The Bucs are counting on Polanco, for sure, by 2015. They likely would only want Marlon for one season.

    Just thinking about the future for a minute. Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled 2013 playoffs talk. I am so geeked up about Tuesday night. Still thinking about taking a day or two off from work and making the trip. The atmosphere, in my opinion, may just be the best atmosphere for a MLB playoff game on one night of any place in the country for the last 10 years. It is going to be a madhouse. I took my kids to the Labor Day Fri/Sat games vs. the Cards, as well as to a couple of the Marlins games earlier, and I got goosebumps in PNC. It was electric! We need that again on Tuesday. PNC is a truly special place right now! Go Bucs!

  111. Bucs JV team today:

    Pie, Tabata, Snider, Alvarez, Buck, Jones, Mercer, Harrison and Cumpton

    Leaving in Pedro for shot at NL HR title as he is tied with Paul Goldshmidt

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