-- James McDonald goes against Mike Minor at 12:35 PM today. The game will be shown on Root Sports.
-- The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Steve Pearce 3B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Ryan Doumit C, Matt Diaz RF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Ronny Cedeno SS, James McDonald P.
Pearce replaces Brandon Wood at third, and McCutch gets dropped back into the three hole. Can't blame Clint Hurdle for shaking it up a little after the past two games.
-- Yesterday was the second time this season that the Bucs were shut out consecutively; the other two-fer was against the Florida Marlins last month.
-- The Bucs are in the second game of an unusual span of playing five out of six contests during the day. After tomorrow's off-day, the Bucs are off to Wrigley and three under the sun.
-- Today marks the one-year anniversary of second baseman Neil Walker playing in the show. Walker is tied for 10th in the NL in RBIs (96) while ranking fourth in doubles (40) since May 25 of last season. He's hit .283/.342/.442 in that span with 18 homers and an OPS+ of 112.
Not a bad start for a guy that was brought up to be a utility infielder, hey?
-- With the rain-outs and off days, Jeff Karstens is losing a start to keep the rest of the rotation on a regular schedule. He's off until Sunday's game at Chicago.