-- Daniel Hudson of Arizona goes against Kevin Correia tonight at 7:05. Root Sports will televise the game.
-- The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Josh Harrison 2B, Xavier Paul RF, Andrew McCutchen LF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Chris Snyder C, Brandon Wood 3B, Ronny Cedeno SS, Kevin Correia P.
Neil Walker was scheduled to be off today, so that's why Harrison is at second. Paul gets his second start replacing Garrett Jones in right.
-- As been rumored the last couple of days, RHP Jose Ascanio (7.11 ERA) was DFA'ed and LHP Tony Watson (2-3, 2.45) called up from Indy. Ascanio had been ineffective since his return from the DL, and Clint Hurdle was looking for a second lefty to stash in the pen.
-- Kevin Correia is going after victory #9. He's won just once at PNC Park and seven times on the road. That's not too hard to explain; he has twice as many starts away from the Three Rivers and less than half the ERA: 5.47 here, 2.42 away.
-- West Virginia Power players RH starter Jameson Taillon, RH reliever Brandon Cumpton, who was just named Sally League Player of the Week, and OF Dan Grovatt were named to Low Class A South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star team today.
-- A small word of advice to Bucco fans - guys have been either praising or badmouthing Gerrit Cole's selection by the Pirates since, oh, a month or so before he was even picked. Give the kid a little time; that's the only thing that will prove his true value.
And it'll take awhile. The Pirates have until August 15th to sign him, and he's represented by Scott Boras, so between his innings worked in college this year (114+) and his agent, there will probably be no great rush to start him in the system this season. As Cole himself said in a media conference call, "We have to take care of business throughout the summer and it will probably eventually take care of itself.”
-- The choice of ULCA's Cole and Trevor Bauer by Pittsburgh and Arizona was the first time since 1978 that two college teammates were taken in the top three picks of the draft. Arizona State had last earned that honor when Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks were taken first and third overall.