Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday: Bosox Drop Bucs 6-3; Two Games Today - Lineup & Pitching For Game #1; Luebke Note

Today: The Pirates will have a split-squad doubleheader today. One group will travel to Fort Myers to play the Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex at 1:05, and that game will be on MLB.TV only.  Another gang will entertain the Rays at 6:05 at McKechnie Field, and that contest gets all kinds of love. MLB.TV, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan all have that one covered.

The pitchers: Kyle Lobstein will take the ball v the Twinkies. Cory Luebke, Jim Fuller and Rob Scahill will follow. Kyle Gibson goes for the Twins.

Kyle Lobstein (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
Francisco Liriano gets the call against the Rays; we'll post the rest of the guys scheduled to work later.

The lineup: Antoan Richardson CF, S-Rod SS, Matt Joyce RF, Jake Goebbert 1B, Danny Ortiz LF, Stew C, Cole Figueroa 3B, P-Flo 2B, Lobstein. We'll post the evening lineup when it become available.

Last night: Well, V-Song is making a case for Juan Nicasio to pitch in both the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation (Jeff Locke isn't really giving us much reason to believe, either). He got singled to death by the Bosox, giving up nine hits (eight one-baggers), two walks and six runs in his 4-1/3 frames. It was enough for the Bucs to drop the contest to the Sox 6-3.

The bullpen arms went 3-2/3 IP giving up just one hit, so Arquie Caminero, Neftali Feliz and even MiLB dude Montana DuRapau did their jobs. Josh Harrison had a pair of knocks, as did sub outfielder Tito Polo, a late minute addition to the lineup. The rest of the club only added two more hits, tho, and so that was Part 2 of the storyline.

One big erasure from the lineup: Andrew was kept home because of quad tightness. The Bucs say it's purely precautionary, and Cutch did go thru drills at Bradenton, so knock on wood that it is minor. Fran slid to the two-hole, Starling to center, El Coffee to left and Tito Polo, MiLB guy just back from Colombia's WBC series and the organization's 2015 leader in stolen bases, was given a start in right. Here's the box score.

  • Southpaw Cory Luebke can opt out of his deal with the Pirates on Tuesday if he's not added to the active roster by then. He appears to be recovered from TJ surgery, but a leg injury early on kept him off the mound for a while. He's only tossed 3-2/3 IP and a couple of other lefties - Kyle Lobstein & Eric O'Flaherty - are ahead of him right now.

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