-- Charlie Morton takes on Jair Jurrjens tonight at 7:05 PM. The game will be shown on Root Sports.
-- The lineup: Andrew McCutchen CF, Jose Tabata LF, Garrett Jones RF, Neil Walker 2B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Brandon Wood 3B, Chris Snyder C, Ronny Cedeno SS, Charlie Morton P.
The only mild surprise today is that Dewey isn't catching against a tough righty, but as we recall, Snyder is Morton's regular catcher, and there's sure no reason to mess with that.
-- David Todd of FM News Talk 104.7's Extra Innings thinks it's time to call up Brad Lincoln...so the FO can decide if they can trade Paul Maholm. Sounds like a stretch to us.
-- The is the first Pittsburgh-Atlanta series of 2011. The Braves took six of nine from the Pirates a season ago, with the clubs splitting six games at PNC Park.
-- Nate McLouth was put on the 15-day DL yesterday with an oblique sprain. Jason Heyward went on the same list the day before. Heck, the Pirates may have to lend the Braves an outfielder or two for the series.
-- Colin Dunlap of the Post Gazette resigned, citing the travel and consequent lack of family time. We wish him all the best; it's a hard enough job for a single guy. Bill Brink will cover the Bucs on an interim basis. There aren't many openings for MLB beat man, and this one should draw a crowd. It'll be interesting to see if the P-G stays local when it hires Dunlap's replacement.
-- Jim Callis of Baseball America was asked to rate the top two HS arms of 2011, Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley, against last year's best, Jameson Taillon. He said "There's not much to separate them, but I'd rate Bundy ahead of Taillon, with Bradley behind them both."
-- The bloom has kinda dropped off Matt Capps' rose. He has a 5.40 ERA and four blown saves in eleven opps for the Twins. His control has been unreal, but his K rate (5.5/9 innings) and home run rate (1.6/9 innings) have been real problems.
-- Speaking of last year's draft, 22 year-old SS Jedd Gyorko from WVU, a Morgantown native son, was selected in the second round by the Padres. He's moved to third, and adapted pretty well. His line at High Class A Lake Elsinore is .396/.462/.709 with 11 homers and 45 RBI in 45 games.