Friday, June 24, 2011


LHP Jon Lester (9-3, 3.70) and LHP Paul Maholm (3-8, 3.29) will kick off the Bucco-Red Sox series tonight at 7:05 PM. Root Sports will air the game.

The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Chase d'Arnaud 3B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Matt Diaz RF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Ronny Cedeno SS, Mike McKenry C, Paul Maholm P.

Chase d'Arnaud will be thrown into the fire right away, as per Clint Hurdle's MO for everyone called up not named Pedro Ciriaco. Overbay is back in the lineup, probably because he's hitting .254 against lefties and Garrett Jones is hitting .077.

  • Jen Langosch of examines basics of the Paul Maholm debate - trade him while his value is high or tie him up with another contract as a veteran inning-eater?
  • Indy INF Chase d'Arnaud (US Team) and Altoona OF Starling Marte (World Team) were named to the All-Star Futures Game rosters (since d'Arnaud was called up the same day, he'll probably be replaced.) The game is part of All-Star Week.
  • RHP Brandon Cumpton has been promoted to Bradenton from West Virginia, a move from low Class A to high. The righty had big problems at the beginning of the year and was sent to the pen for awhile, where he apparently figured it out as he's been lights out since.
  • The conventional wisdom is that number one draft choice RHP Gerrit Cole will get about $10 million, although his initial asking price isn't known, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

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