Game 83: Well, somebody’s gotta go …


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NovaSmile2017The Pirates’ rep(s) for the All-Star Game will be revealed at 7 o’clock tonight on ESPN. I could see the Pirates getting one player on the team, plus a candidate for the “final vote” sweepstakes and perhaps a pitcher (such as Ivan Nova) named as a replacement for someone who suddenly comes up with a nagging injury and cannot pitch in the ASG.

>>> UPDATE 11:23 AM – Two items from manager Clint Hurdle‘s morning media scrum: 1. When Starling Marte rejoins the team on July 18 after serving his 80-game suspension, he will do so as a left fielder. “That’s where he needs to fit in,” Hurdle said. Andrew McCutchen has reclaimed the everyday job in center. 2. There will be discussions about the possibility of playing Francisco Cervelli (concussion) somewhere other than catcher (at least once in a while) after he comes off the DL.  “He wants to ignite from behind the plate,” Hurdle said, adding that Cervelli is athletic enough to play another spot at times. Over the past few days, Cervelli has worked at shortstop with infield coach Joey Cora.

>>> Example No. 5,249,499,401 of how the Pirates don’t get it: The Pirates gave local media about 14 hours’ notice late last night that Marte will hold a press conference in Bradenton, Fla., this morning before he begins a rehab assignment. Root Sports, an official partner of the Pirates, will broadcast a (sanitized?) interview before today’s game v. the Giants.

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Giants 2, Pirates 1: Kuhl did his job. The bats, not so much.

Notebook: Brault and Drew Hutch and Marte and Cutch and Rogers and lots of empty seats.

>>> Sunday, Giants at Pirates, 1:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Giants (32-51): Denard Span 8, Joe Panik 4, Hunter Pence 9, Buster Posey 2, Brandon Belt 3, Brandon Crawford 6, Jae-Gyun Hwang 5, Austin Slater 7, RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-9, 4.63)

Pirates (37-44): Adam Frazier 4, Jose Osuna 9, John Jaso 7, Josh Bell 3, Gregory Polanco 8, Jordy Mercer 6, Max Moroff 5 Chris Stewart 2, RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.82)

Gamecast: Samardzija’s nine losses are tied for second-most in the majors. … In his last outing, Samardzija gave up two runs on six hits in 6.1 IP vs. the Rockies. He is 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 23 career outings (12 starts) vs. the Pirates. … C Buster Posey is one of two major leaguers to post a batting average of .325 or better (minimum 25 PA) in each month this season. … Josh Bell is the fourth Pirates switch-hitter to hit 15-plus homers in a season. The others are Bobby Bonilla (five times), Neil Walker (three times) and Ryan Doumit (once). … Williams has never faced the Giants.

>>> Monday, Pirates at Phillies, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (8-5, 3.08) Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (5-5, 4.13)

>>> Tuesday, Pirates at Phillies, 4:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. TV: ESPN/Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (4-2, 2.97) Phillies: RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (1-0, 4.20)

>>> Wednesday, Pirates at Phillies, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (6-7, 4.51) Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (1-3, 3.72)

>>> Thursday, Pirates at Phillies, 6:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (2-6, 5.26) Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.48)

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.