Chicago has popped Pittsburgh's bubble the first two games because the Bucs couldn't hit, so the Pirate FO went out and got another pitcher; go figure. Anyway, KC will try to stop the Chi-Town nine from brooming the Bucs while the FO tries to find a stick by the deadline.
The lineup: Alex Presley LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Garrett Jones RF, Casey McGehee 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Mike McKenry C, Clint Barmes SS, Kevin Correia P.
- Garrett Jones may become a full time RF; he has six hits in his last 13 at bats vs. LHP and is shedding his platoon rep.
- Since 2009, Andrew McCutchen leads the team with 73 homers; Jones is second at 72.
- Alex Presley turns twenty-seven today.
- From Matthew Leach of MLB.com: "One name to watch is the Angels' Peter Bourjos. There's a potential fit there, with Los Angeles willing to deal Bourjos for a bullpen upgrade and Pittsburgh flush with relievers who might be available for an outfielder."
- Hey, a little MLB news overnight: Cole Hamels signed an extension for 6 years/$144M; Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers for Nathan Eovaldi, and A-Rod got plunked and broke his hand.