Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lineup, Notes

RHP AJ Burnett (1-1, 1.38) climbs the bump to duel with RHP Lance Lynn (4-0, 1.33). Burnett's first start for the Bucs was against the Birds, and he tossed a three-hit shutout through seven frames. LL is the MLB's first four game winner, and has allowed just one earned run per start. Lynn joined the rotation only because Chris Carpenter was hurt. The game begins at 8:15 and will be broadcast on Root Sports.

The Lineup: Alex Presley LF, Nate McLouth CF, Jose Tabata RF, Neil Walker 2B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Garrett Jones 1B, Clint Barmes SS, Rod Barajas C, AJ Burnett P.

Cutch gets a night off.

  • Jose Tabata is hitting at a .367 clip during his current seven game hitting streak.
  • Neil Walker has hit safely in six straight games and 13 of his last 15 contests.
  • The Pirates have made eight errors in their last four games following a stretch of six straight games without a miscue.
  • Alex Presley's 8 infield hits rank third in the majors, behind only Derek Jeter (10) and Emilio Bonifacio (nine).

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