|AJ returns to the scene of the crime (photo via Forbes Magazine)|
O'Sullivan has just been cleared from the 15-day DL with tendinitis of his left knee. He's worked a couple of short rehab stints since, and if the Bucs show a little patience, they should be in the Philly bullpen sooner rather than later. SOS has faced the Bucs once, tossing a scoreless relief frame. The game starts at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Today's Lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Starling Marte LF, Pedro 1B, Jung-Ho Kang SS, Josh Harrison 3B, Fran Cervelli C, Burnett P.
Jordy's turn to take a seat in the Kang game of musical chairs; otherwise, same ol', as it should be. Jung-Ho looks a lot like Josh of 2014; it might behoove Josh to look like that himself.
- AJ is out to tie a team record tonight. Since 1900, only three other Pittsburgh pitchers have given up two or fewer runs in each of their first six+ starts of a season: Howie Camnitz in 1909 and Earl Hamilton in 1918 (six games each), along with Bob Walk, who holds the franchise mark at seven straight games set in 1988.
- Mark Melancon recorded his 57th save as a Pirate last night, which ranks eighth in club history. Next on the list is Stan Belinda with 61 career saves. The Shark had his eight-game scoreless streak snapped, though, while Jared Hughes ran his scoreless string up to five outings.
- Gregory Polanco swiped his 10th base of the season last night, which ranks third in the NL behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton (17) and Miami’s Dee Gordon (12).
- The Phils aren't much at late rallies: they're 0-20 this season when trailing after eight innings.
- The Bucs did a little shaking up of management positions at Bradenton, naming Rachel Madrigal as GM and moving other folk around.