Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lineup, Notes

The Reds RHP Homer Bailey (3-3, 4.19) takes the bump against RHP Charlie Morton (2-5, 4.27) tonight, weather willing. Bailey has been workmanlike for Cincy, while Morton has had his ups and downs trying to get his sinker to sink. Charlie was a Red-killer last year, going 3-0/1.93, but lost to Mat Latos earlier this year 5-0. The game begins at 7:05 and will be shown on Root Sports.

The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Josh Harrison SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones RF, Matt Hague 1B, Rod Barajas C, Charlie Morton P.

Harrison is in for Clint Barmes, with Jones patrolling right field tonight. Newcomer Jordy Mercer isn't in the order He arrived at the clubhouse at 3:15 or so, welcomed by the press and manager Clint Hurdle. 

  • Tonight will be Rod Barajas' 1,000th game behind the plate. 
  • Jeff Karstens will pitch Thursday night for Indianapolis in his third rehab outing. He'll  be aiming for 80 pitches.
  • As Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror noted, "Eleven players from the 2010 Curve Eastern League title team have reached the MLB: Alex Presley, Josh Harrison, Matt Hague, Jordy Mercer, Gorkys Hernandaz, Chase d'Arnaud, Danny Moskos, Mike Crotta, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke and Jared Hughes."
  • The Pirates have won four games in row. The team matched that three times last season, and haven't won five in a row since 2010.
  • Movin' around: The Yankees have acquired RHP Ryota Igarashi off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. He was sold to Toronto by the Pirates at the end of camp and has been picking up some travel miles lately.

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