Sunday, August 25, 2013

AJ v Vogelsong

AJ Burnett (6-8, 3.09) takes the hill in the Giant finale against Ryan Vogelsong (2-4, 6.29). AJ was strong in his last outing, and has been tough on the Giants, with a lifetime 6-2/1.95 line. Vogelsong is making just his fourth start since coming off the DL after breaking his hand while HBP in May. The righty has posted a 3.78 ERA with three no-decisions since his return. He hasn't had much success against his old mates, with a 1-3/4.50 line.

The game begins at 4:05 and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Pirate lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Russ Martin C, Garrett Jones 1B, Andrew Lambo RF, Jordy Mercer SS and AJ Burnett P.

Giant lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Brandon Crawford SS, Buster Posey C, Brandon Belt 1B, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Roger Kieschnick LF, Joaquin Arias 2B and Ryan Vogelsong P.

  • The Pirates are tied for first place with the Cardinals coming into today after spending the last 42 days in sole possession of the top spot in the NL Central.
  • The Bucs have a road record of 34-31, equaling their road victories in 2012. In 2010, John Russell's last season, the Pirates won just 17 road games.
  • Russ Martin has thrown out a MLB leading 32 baserunners. Pittsburgh’s catchers have combined to throw out 38 baserunners this year. Last year, Pirate receivers threw out 19 wanna-bes for the entire season. Opponents have stolen 74 bases so far this year; they swiped 154 last season.
  • Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with an RBI last night for Indy on rehab. He's hitting a combined .278 with three RBI and three runs scored in five games between Altoona and Indianapolis.
  • Wandy is slated to get an MRI for Dr. Andrews on Tuesday.

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