The Pirates take on the Twins at McKechnie Field at 1:05 PM. Paul Maholm will take on Minnesota's Brian Duensing.
Lineup: Andrew McCutchen CF, Niel Walker 2B, Steve Pearce LF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Matt Diaz RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Josh Rodriguez SS, Jason Jaramillo C and Paul Maholm P.
Pitching: Paul Maholm, Chris Resop, Jose Veras and Sean Gallagher.
-- Garrett Jones has missed the past few days; the FSN guys said he bruised a shoulder, other reports claimed that he had a stiff neck. Either way, he took several at-bats in the minor league game yesterday and should be back in the saddle soon.
-- Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette reported that Neal Huntington told him: "Scott Olsen is out of the competition for a starting spot within the Pirates' rotation, and the lefty may even be out of the bullpen competition for the time being."
-- IF Garrett Atkins has been unconditionally released by the Pirates. He had an opt-out clause in his minor league contract if he didn't make the roster, so it was just a question of when. Atkins hit .129 this spring, going 4-for-31.
-- LHP Justin Thomas and RHP Fernando Nieve were assigned to minor league camp and a probable ticket to Indy.
Camp is beginning to take on a little focus this week.
-- Ollie Perez was released by the Mets today; they still owe him $12M for the 2011 season. Holy Matty Morris!