|Casey Sadler toes the rubber today (photo: Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Today's Game: Casey Sadler gets the call, replacing new papa Frankie Liriano. He takes on Kyle Lohse. Lohse was battered in his first outing, but the vet is 11-3 against the Bucs lifetime. The match begins at 2:10 and will on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. Following the game today, the Pirates come home for their 1:35 Home Opener vs. Detroit on Monday, launching a 10-game homestand.
The Lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Cutch CF, Neil Walker 2B, Starling Marte LF, Pedro 1B, Jung-Ho Kang 3B, Tony Sanchez C, Sadler P.
Another shook-up lineup, but the good news is Cutch is back. Kang gets another start, giving Josh a blow, and it makes sense to catch Sanchez, who has been behind the plate plenty of times in the past with Casey Sadler on the hill.
- Today is Sadler's first MLB start; his six appearances last year were all in relief. He becomes the sixth starter for the Bucs in six games. The last time that happened to open a season was in 2001 when Todd Ritchie, Terry Mulholland, Jimmy Anderson, Omar Olivares, Bronson Arroyo and Joe Beimel took the ball. It was Beimel's first MLB outing; he started 15 games that season.
- In the first five games of the season, every position player except for Sean Rodriguez has started, and he's appeared in four contests.
- To make it official, the Pirates put Francisco Liriano on the paternity list and recalled Casey Sadler yesterday. Liriano is scheduled to return to the hill Wednesday.
- A couple of the Bucs upper-level guys had good outings last night. Reclamation project Chris Volstad went six scoreless frames, giving up a hit and walk to go with a pair of K for Indy. Tyler Glasnow tossed five goose eggs for Altoona, surrendering two hits and four walks (control is his issue) and whiffing six.