Wednesday, June 1, 2011


--Kevin Correia faces Chris Capuano tonight at 7:10 PM. The game will be aired on Root Sports as Correia attempts to become the first pitcher to get eight wins this season.

-- The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Josh Harrison 3B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Matt Diaz RF, Chris Snyder C, Lyle Overbay 1B, Ronny Cedeno SS, Kevin Correia P.

Harrison is back in the two-hole. He's kind of a natural for that spot, at least as far as the Pirates 25-man roster is concerned.

-- Ryan Doumit's MRI exam showed that he has a left ankle fracture and will miss at least a month. Steve Pearce has a partially torn calf muscle, and Joe Beimel basically suffers from "tennis elbow." Those two guys aren't day-to-day, but rather week-to-week, as far as their recovery status is concerned.

-- Ronny Cedeno's errant throw against the Cubs has been reviewed by the official scorekeeper, and the error was instead given to Lyle Overbay for not coming up with the low toss. That keeps alive RC's fielding streak without an error, which is now up to 37 games.

-- Pirate starters have gone twelve consecutive games now without allowing more than two earned runs, an impressive streak and the longest in MLB so far this year.

-- Another mock draft, a different Bucco selection. Frankie Piliere of says "The Pirates legitimately have not made a decision as of yet and are torn between Hultzen and Cole. But it does seem that those are the names they’ve narrowed it down to. Hultzen seems to have a slight edge over Cole, but it’s still negligible and the Pirates remain in the midst of a discussion over who to take." He leans toward Pittsburgh picking Hultzen.

-- Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has just about the same guess regarding the Bucco selection. He writes "Rumors of the Pirates being interested in the top high school pitcher (Dylan Bundy) and position player (Bubba Starling) have waned considerably, but there is a consensus that there is very little consensus within Pittsburgh in terms of taking Rice infielder Anthony Rendon, UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole, or University of Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. If forced to do a mock draft today, I'd attach Hultzen to the Pirates."

-- Seneca Valley pounded top-ranked Peters Township in the WPIAL AAAA baseball championship, winning 15-4 at Consol Energy Park in Washington. It's the first title for the Raiders since 1994.

-- Neshannock took the Class A title with an 11-1 victory over Chartiers-Houston. It was the Lancers' fourth WPIAL crown in baseball, and their first since 2004.

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