The Astros RHP Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.59) will go against RHP James McDonald (7-3, 2.44) tonight. Lyles has tossed a pair of pretty good games against KC and San Diego in his last two performances. After strong back-to-back efforts, J-Mick gave up four runs in 5+ innings during his last outing, but still got the win against the Phils. The game begins at 7:05 and will be shown on Root Sports.
It was changed at about 5:30 to this: Presley 7, Sutton 9, McCutchen 8, Jones 3, Walker 4, McGehee 5, Barmes 6, McKenry 2, McDonald 1.
Pedro is out although available for pinch-hitting. He's not cramping any longer, but his leg is still sore from yesterday's episode. Cutch is back roaming the pasture and
- Congrats to Cutch and Hanny as back-to-back All Star selections. The last Pirates to be named to consecutive AS games were 2B Freddy Sanchez (2006-07) and LF Jason Bay (2005-06). The team leader in All-Star appearances is Roberto Clemente, who was a member of 15 squads (three were during double-game years from 1960-62).
- Well, after being named to the International League All-Star team and Player-of-the-Week, it's just about time for the Starling Marte watch to begin. And it could be as simple as a Marte-for-Tabata swap if JT doesn't add a little jump to his step.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is getting into this Bucco baseball thing. He just wrote a column titled "Bucs Must Deal for Greinke Or Hamels." Not should or consider, but must!
- John Stickels published his mid-season Top 120 Baseball Prospects List. Pittsburgh has 6 of the first 77 players on the roster.
- Indy OF Starling Marte was named the International League Player of the Week (6/25-7/1). During that span, he batted .484 with 3 HR, 2 doubles, 2 triples and 13 RBI.
- The minor league pitching continued to look good. Last night, Luis Heredia of State College went 5 scoreless IP, giving up 3 hits with 3 K. Rudy Owens (7-3, 2.45) of Indy tossed 6 IP, surrendering 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 5 K.
- Good day for the bats, too, led by West Virginia CF Gregory Polanco, who went 5-for-5 with 3 RBI, 3 runs, 3 2Bs and a 3B.