|JA Happ gets his first start in a Bucco uniform tonight (photo Associated Press)|
He's split with the Bucs this year, winning 5-2 & losing to AJ 3-0, and is 4-1/2.43 in six lifetime starts against the Pirates. It's not a great matchup for Happ in his Pittsburgh debut. The game starts at 7:05 and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Today's Lineup - Gregory Polanco RF, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, A-Ram 3B, Jung-Ho Kang SS, Neil Walker 2B, Pedro 1B, Fran Cervelli C, Happ P.
Usual recent lineup card with A-Ram at cleanup and Pedro in the seven hole.
- Yesterday's rainout was the first at PNC Park since the 2013 season.
- It'll be interesting to see if and how Clint restructures the rotation after Frankie's two inning stint yesterday.
- While AJ got good news re: his elbow, we'd curb our enthusiasm. Guys like Jason Grilli and Jason Vargas took six weeks to return from similar injuries (Vargas blew out his UCL when he did come back), and both had rehab stints to ease back into action. The minor league schedules end a week into September, so AJ may not have anywhere but Pirate City to prep even if four weeks proves a good estimate.
- MLB.com has an updated Top 30 Pirate prospect list; you might be surprised to see eight of the top ten young guns are position players.