The Bucs split their two games today, beating Tampa Bay 6-5 and losing to Baltimore 6-4.
Against the Rays, the Pirates fell behind 4-0, but keyed by a 3-run blast by Garrett Atkins, who's off to a flying start, the Bucs rallied for the win. Bryan Morris gave up a run in his two frames when he wild-pitched a runner home and Fernando Nieve was rocked for three runs in an inning of work. Rudy Owens gave up a run in two innings, and Sean Gallagher got the final six outs for the win.
In the Baltimore loss, Paul Maholm was nicked (he gave up two runs in two frames, limiting himself to heaters and sinkers in his first outing) and Justin Wilson bombed (three runs in the eighth) on the hill. Lyle Overbay and Miles Durham went long for the Pirates and Josh Fields collected an RBI.
James McDonald will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Phil Hughes and the NY Yankees tomorrow at McKechnie Field. Several of the starting players will get the day off; Atkins, Andy Marte and Josh Rodriguez are expected to be in the starting lineup.