-- The Bucs lost again, 4-3, to the Twins. The important part was how Jeff Karstens did, and his performance was more than solid. He went 4-2/3 frames (five seems to be his limit) and JK gave up an unearned run on five hits with a walk and a whiff.
Garrett Olson and Chris Resop threw scoreless innings; Mike Cotta yielded a run and Anthony Claggett gave up a pair in the ninth to absorb the loss. The regulars got through the game in one piece, and McCutch, Steve Pearce and Matt Diaz had RBI; Pearce, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker scored.
The Pirates take on Philly tomorrow, with Ohlie getting the call against Roy Oswalt. They'll do it again Wednesday, and Friday will start the marathon.
-- INF Josh Fields was traded to the Rockies for a PTBNL or cash, helping to ease the crush at Indy a bit.
-- Rule 5 give-away RHP Nathan Adcock made the Royals' roster, so it's possible Pittsburgh may not see him again. It's equally possible he may be returned in a few weeks, so we'll see how his status plays out.
-- Jim Negrych, Pitt product and Bucco farmhand, told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that if he isn't assigned to AAA this year, he wants his release from the Pittsburgh organization. The 26 year-old is a Delwyn Young clone; his bat should play in the show, but he doesn't have a position to call his own.
-- The Chief, big RH fireballer Romulo Sanchez, who had a cup of joe with Pittsburgh, saw his rights sold to a Japanese team by the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers picked him up from the Pirates a couple of years ago for Eric Hacker.
-- Local boy INF Josh Wilson was released by the Mariners today.