Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blue Jays Stop Bucs: Today's Lineup & Camp Notes...

Well, can't win 'em all. The Pirates dropped a 4-1 decision to Toronto in the rematch as the bats dried up. Pittsburgh's only run was unearned as Jordy Mercer scored on a wild pitch. Good decision by Jordy there, but the base running wasn't all smooth sailing.

Josh Harrison thought a Francisco Cervelli drive to the gap would fall; it didn't, and Josh was doubled off second. Pedro was thrown out at home on a grounder; he was sent on contact. What would a Pirate game be without a TOOTBLAN or three?

El Toro continued his opposite field ways with a line single over third; we'll see if he can make consistent hard contact going to the left side this year. He sees enough pitches away; the key will be whether he can both look opp field and still turn on pitches in and over.

Tomorrow's Game: New York Yankees at Pittsburgh, 1:05 PM, 93.7 The Fan. Francisco Liriano (7-10, 3.38) starts against Esmil Rogers (2-0, 5.72).

Lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Gregory Polanco RF, Cutch DH, Starling Marte CF, Andrew Lambo 1B, Jung-Ho Kang SS, Chris Stewart C, Sean Rodriguez 2B, Justin Sellers 3B.
Bench: Willie Garcia, Jaff Decker, Mel Rojas Jr., Deibinson Romero, Gustav Nunez, Tony Sanchez, Alen Hanson, Brent Morel, Gift Ngoepe, Steve Lombardozzi, Wilkins Castillo, Pedro Floriman, Elias Diaz, Keon Broxton (sheesh, these home games!)
Pitching: Frankie Liriano, Mark Melancon, Tyler Glasnow, Clayton Richard, Deolis Guerra, Jeremy Bleich, maybe Charlie Morton.

Cutch, Starling and El Coffee get their first ensemble outing of the spring, sorta (the original lineup had JT as the DH, but was changed on game day).

The three amigos strike the pose (photo: Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
  • Josh Harrison left after being caught off second base. He was favoring his left ankle, the one that caused him so much aggravation last season. Early reports are that he rolled over on it, with more news tomorrow after he sleeps on it. (EDIT - he said today is was minor, and not nearly as severe as last year's injury, but is being held out today as a precautionary measure.)
  • Obviously there's still an emphasis on working inside. Bucco hurlers have notched three plunks in the first two games.
  • The Pirates inked the 21 players on the 40 man roster who have who have less than three years service time, a pro forma move as there is no negotiating.
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