The lineup: Andrew McCutchen DH, Xavier Paul CF, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones RF, Matt Diaz LF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Brandon Wood 3B, Ronny Cedeno SS, Dusty Brown C, Jeff Karstens P.
Kinda weird lineup. McCutch is leadoff and DH while Jose Tabata has the day off to rest his bruised thumb. One can only hope that Karsten's fly balls are of the towering variety; ain't too many gonna get run down this afternoon. We wonder how long it'll be before Jones takes back first base, too. For that matter, we're awaiting the time when Chase d'Arnaud and Alex Presley get called up. It should be soon.
- GW was going to post a piece regarding filling Bucco needs; Dejan Kovacevic of the Tribune Review kinda beat us to the punch **curse you, DK, lol!** We'll revisit that issue later in the week and instead put together a down-and-dirty historic post suggested by co-conspirator Will Pellas.
- Bill Brink of the Post Gazette has a couple of quick hits on Hanny's bid for All-Star recognition and the league realignment talks.
- We're enjoying this Cleveland-Pittsburgh series regardless of the results. Guys like the Tribes' Carlos Carrasco and Asdrubal Cabrera are unknown here, but well worth the price of admission (or cable, if you're stuck at home like we are). Hope the Cleveland fans get an eyeful from watching McCutch, JT and Neil Walker, too.
- Tom Smith at Rumbunter notes that Bradenton Marauder 1B Aaron Baker won the Florida League All-Star MVP after hitting a two-run homer; he also notes some worrisome batting splits.
- Happy Fathers Day, all my pappy peeps; GW knows the drill. The gift is the kids; the rest is gravy. Paul Maholm tweeted about his Daddy Day present, unexpected and from the heart.