Monday, March 25, 2013

Bucs v Rays

The Pirates will hop the bus to Charlotte Sports Park to take on the Rays at 7:05. Kyle McPherson, against all odds, is still alive and kicking, although another booty-beating like he had against the Braves in his last outing should pull the plug. He'll face off against Matt Moore. The game will be broadcast on The Fan 93.7.

Lineup: Jose Tabata RF, Russell Martin C, Andrew McCutchen CF, Gaby Sanchez 3B, Brandon Inge 1B, Neil Walker 2B, Josh Harrison LF, Clint Barmes SS and Kyle McPherson P.

Brandon Inge is back in the lineup; we're not quite sure why. He's at first base, flopped with Gaby, who is at third base. Josh Harrison is in left. Nothing like a week before the season and jerking guys all over the field, hey?  And JT, even with being RH and out of options, could stand a finish as strong as his start to camp was.

Pitching: Kyle McPherson and ?

Kyle will try to keep his hat in the ring; the Pirate pitching has taken some odd twists and turns in the last week.

  • The Diamondbacks have released ex-Bucco C Rod Barajas, who was in camp on a minor league deal
  • The Brewers signed the last FA standing, Kyle Lohse, for 3 years/$33M. The draft pick dance per Jim Callas of Baseball America is that they forfeit the #17 pick (value $2.1M) and the Cardinals gain the #28 pick (value $1.8M). 
  • March 25, 1965 - Camp isn’t all fun and games, even for vets. Bill Mazeroski broke a bone in his right foot and was out of the Bucco lineup until May. He came back to hit .271 and earned another Golden Glove for his trophy case. It was the only time between 1964-67 that he didn’t appear in every game; Maz played in 130 contests after his foot healed.

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