Today will be Sampson's first career start and second MLB appearance. That outing was against the Pirates on Thursday, and he pitched a clean frame with two whiffs. He features a 94 MPH heater, and his biggest issue, as with many young guys, is control. He was a fourth round draft pick of the Padres in 2009, and Cincy got him off waivers from SD in January. The game starts at 1:10 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
|JHK back to cleanup (photo: Tommy Gilligan/USA Today)|
Bit of a shake up today, and not because it's a day game. A-Ram sits his first game since returning to Pittsburgh; S-Rod is a better gloveman behind Charlie, and Ramirez's 4-for-30 start (at cleanup, yet) hasn't done much for his Pirate cred. Also, the order is shifted a bit to get better average guys lined up, maybe conceding one inning in the hopes of stringing together one crooked number frame.
- Power surge: The Pirates have homered in six straight games and 13 times in the last nine games after hitting a total of six long balls in their previous 13 games.
- John Sickel rates all the MLB deadline trades; he gives the Bucs good grades for the A-Ram, Joakim Soria and even JA Happ deals (Morse & Blanton were unrated).
- Tyler Glasnow went 5-2/3 IP for Indy with mixed results. He fanned seven but gave up four runs (one earned) and nine hits. Josh Bell went 1-for-6 in his AAA debut with a walk and the walk-off winner in the 13th inning as Indy won 6-5.
- Greenfield guy Larry Lucchino is stepping down as Bosox CEO at the end of the season. No bad blood; he'll remain part owner and a member of the exec team, but at age 70 is looking for some lower leverage appearances out of Boston's FO bullpen.