Wednesday, July 27, 2011


LHP Paul Maholm (6-10, 3.26 ERA) goes against RHP Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.44 ERA) tonight. The game starts at 7:10 PM and will be aired on Root Sports. We hope it ends before last call.

The lineup: Xavier Paul LF, Garrett Jones RF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Steve Pearce 1B, Brandon Wood SS, Eric Fryer C, Paul Maholm P.

Pearce is taking Lyle Overbay's spot at first, Wood is giving Ronny Cedeno a blow at short, and Eric Fryer is behind the dish after Mike McKenry caught nineteen innings last night. Looks a lot like a get-away game lineup a day early.

  • Chase d'Arnaud was put on the DL with a chip fracture of his pinky and RHP Chris Leroux was called up from Indy. The team will go a man short in the dugout while the bullpen gets their collective arms rubbed down for a while. After a couple of days off for the relievers to regroup, the Bucs could then call up Josh Harrison or Steve Bowker, depending on whether or not there's any action on the trade front.
  • Dan McCutchen, Jason Grilli, Chris Resop and probably Joe Beimel will not be available tonight, with D-Mac and Grilli out for a couple of days at least.
  • The grapevine was right: Dejan Kovacevic reports that "Outfielder Carlos Beltran refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Pirates, according to a team source, when the Pirates were among several teams pursuing him from the New York Mets."
  • Rob Beirtempfel of the Tribune Review tweeted that the Bucs wasted no time filing a protest concerning last night's game; it was on its way to the league offices by 2:30 AM. There's no provision to overturn a safe/out call, so the protest will be rejected, but at least the Bucs' FO got to vent.
  • The Cards became the second NL Central team to add pitching to their roster. They sent Colby Rasmus (.246/11/40), Trever Miller (0-1-1, 4.12), Brian Tallet (0-1, 8.31), and PJ Walters (0-0, 9.00) to Toronto for Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.92), Octavio Dotel (2-1-1, 3.68), Marc Rzepczyrinski (2-3, 2.97) and Corey Patterson (.252/6/33). The Cards strengthened their bullpen (both by addition and subtraction) and rotation in the short term. Jackson is a rental player, but Rzepczynski is under team control through 2015. Rasmus is under team control through 2014. Milwaukee, you may recall, picked up back end reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Mets, a team that badly wanted to dump his contract, for a pair of PTBNL. 

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