Monday, September 19, 2011

Notes, AFL Roster

RHP Jeff Karstens (9-8, 3.45) faces RHP Ian Kennedy (19-4, 2.99) as the Bucs continue their left coast road trip against the first place D-Backs.The game will start at 9:40 PM and be televised on Root Sports.

Lineup: Alex Presley LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Derrek Lee 1B, Ryan Ludwick RF, Jason Jaramillo C, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Ronny Cedeno SS, Jeff Karstens P.

  • The Pirates sent Altoona RHP Mike Colla (5-11, 3.70), IF Brock Holt (.288/1/40) and RHP Phil Irwin (13-4, 3.14 between the Curve & Bradenton) along with Bradenton LHP Nathan Baker (10-8, 3.34), 2B Jarek Cunningham (.258/15/51) and OF Robbie Grossman (.294/13/56) to Mesa of the Arizona Fall League. They still have one pitching slot open; the grapevine says that it's reserved for RHP Gerritt Cole, although that decision is still being debated.
  • Arizona's magic number in the NL West to put away the Giants is five. They have nine games remaining, all at home, against Pittsburgh, then San Fran and closing out with LA. So they'll be motivated to play hardball this series; it won't be a run-of-the-mill September set.
  • 1B Lyle Overbay has a line of .265/1/8 in 38 at-bats for the Snakes. His OPS is .754, over a hundred points higher than his Bucco number.

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