The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Russ Martin C, Cutch CF, Pedro 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Jose Tabata RF, Jordy Mercer SS and Morton P.
The game starts at 7:05 and will be aired by Root Sports, the MLB Network and 93.7 The Fan.
- Jim Benedict, Ray Searage and Clint Hurdle all saw something in Edinson Volquez that we certainly missed. But as a cautionary note, remember the hot starts of Jeff Locke, J-Mac and Eric Bedard in recent seasons past. The dog days will tell the tale.
- Marcus at Hidden Vigorish posted that the early burst by Pedro is supported by some strong sabermetric measurements that point to a remade El Toro.
- The Bucs had their third four or more HR game of the season; no other club has done it more than once so far.
- Pittsburgh starters have gone six or more IP 13 times in 16 games.
- Jim Callis of MLB.com wrote "...no Minor Leaguer is more deserving of a promotion right now than (Gregory) Polanco. And the Pirates would be best served by making that happen pronto."
- Baseball America's Hot Sheet features Polanco and ex-Bucco prospect Dilson Herrera; on the not-so-hot ledger is SS Alen Hanson, who's having a rough start at Altoona.
- The Pirates just hired Drew Cloud, former NBA team marketing and business opportunities VP, as their executive VP/chief sales and marketing officer. He's a local guy who is an Allderdice grad.
- Ex-Bucs: Hanny threw yesterday in front of 16-18 team reps. The general consensus is that he should be ready for a June return.