Friday, April 8, 2011

Pre Game Stuff

If the rain stops long enough, Ross Ohlendorf will go against Jorge De La Rosa, the first lefty starter the Pirates will face in 2011, at 7:05 tonight. There's no TV; the Pens trumped the Bucs.

Lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Matt Diaz RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Jason Jaramillo C, Ronny Cedeno SS, Ross Ohlendorf P.

-- SI ran an article this week that picked the best hitters against specific pitches, using something they call PTLW. Andrew McCutchen was ranked as the second best curve-ball hitter in the NL, behind Scot Rolen, and fifth in all of MLB.

-- Jen Langosch of reports that Tyler Yates has been diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow after missing last year thanks to TJ surgery. He'll be shut down for six weeks, and then be reexamined.

-- Indy lost its opener yesterday 4-3; Brian Burres took the loss. The Tribe stranded a runner at third, runners on second and third, and runners on the corners in the last three innings. Gorkys Hernandez walked twice and tripled in a pair.

-- Ditto for Altoona, which lost 3-2. Bryan Morris gave up a two-run homer in his start; Mike Dubee took the loss in relief.

-- Indy announcer Scott McCauley tracked down 25 Indy players that have switched jerseys with other AAA teams in the recent past.

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