Wednesday, August 31, 2011


RHP James McDonald (8-6, 4.22) goes against LHP J.A. Happ (4-15, 6.03). The game begins at 8:05 and will be aired on Root Sports.

Lineup: Jose Tabata RF, Alex Presley LF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Ryan Doumit C, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones 1B, Josh Harrison 3B, Ronny Cedeno SS, James McDonald P.

Good to see JT back in the lineup.

  • Don't expect a huge rush of players from Indy for September call-ups tomorrow. First, they're still in the hunt for a playoff spot and secondly, the Bucs will have Ryan Ludwick returning in a week and possibly Derrek Lee and Evan Meek by mid-month. Clint Hurdle expects to add about tens guys, split between pitchers and position players. The Bucs need a starting pitcher Friday to replace Jeff Karstens, so you can at least count on that call-up coming quickly. The FO didn't call up anyone from Indy to replace the traded Matt Diaz; the Tribe played a day game and won to stay alive for a playoff berth.
  • The Rangers, who just acquired Indy closer RHP Tim Wood, DFA'ed him. We're guessing they hope he sneaks through so they can move him off their 40-man roster.
  • OF Josh Bell was sent to State College. No, he's not going to debut the last week of the season. Bell is there to absorb the minor league life-style so he has some idea of what he'll be dealing with when he starts his pro journey in 2012.
  • Old Bucco LHP Mike "Gonzo" Gonzalez was traded by Baltimore to the Rangers for a PTBNL.

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