Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Burres Bopped, Bucs Dropped 10-6

Brian Burres' sparkling spring came to a sudden end today as he was roughed up for six runs on ten hits in five innings of toil today and the Pirates went down 10-6 to the 'Stros.

Another run scored on a Dewey passed ball (he also gave up two stolen bases and was picked off by the Houston catcher Humberto Quintero twice), and Tyler Yates put a cap on the day by giving up a three spot in the ninth on four hits.

The Pirates did hit the ball; McCutch and Pedro went deep; Burres, Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay also added RBI. The Pirates banged out 14 hits but stranded fourteen runners.

Ohlie takes on Jake Arrieta tomorrow night at 7:05 as Pittsburgh visits Baltimore.

-- James McDonald is expected to miss one regular season start before rejoining the team. Jose Ascanio threw BP and Chris Snyder is about ready to resume action.

-- If the Bucs expect to keep Josh Rodriguez via a deal, they might have to think twice. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes "The Indians expect to get infielder Josh Rodriguez, the first pick in December's Rule 5 draft, back from the Pirates before the end of camp. Rodriguez played shortstop and second base for Class AAA Columbus last year and the Indians are in dire need of upper level shortstops."

-- Ollie Perez landed on his feet after being released by the Mets; the Nats claimed him. They're also said to be looking to unload another ex-Buc, Nyjer Morgan. They come, they go...

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