Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Part 2: Buc Lose Afternoon Game 3-0, Take On Rays Tonight (Lineup & Pitching), Injuries, Notes

Today: The Pirates played a split-squad doubleheader today. Tonight's game will feature the Rays at 6:05 at McKechnie Field. MLB.TV, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan all have it covered.

The pitchers: Opening Day pitcher (in eight days; seems like kinda awkward timing between starts) Francisco Liriano gets the call, matching up against Jake Odorizzi. Trey Haley, Curtis Partch and AJ Schugel are also on the Bucco agenda.

The lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, David Freese 3B, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy Mercer SS, Elvis Escobar RF, Frankie P.

Josh Harrison getting ready to take over second base (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)

After getting two hits off David Price yesterday as a late sub for Cutch, Tito Polo gets another call tonight, tho from the bench. Cutch is back in the saddle after a day off because of a quad tweak. However, Gregory Polanco was removed from the lineup because of a sore right shoulder, perhaps a consequence of a dive and hard crash landing yesterday. He's day-to-day. Michael Morse isn't in the lineup; he's expected to miss a couple of days with a mild hammy strain.

This afternoon: The Bucs got bopped by the Twins 3-0. Kyle Lobstein went nine up, nine down, but the second time around in the fourth, the Twinkies got to him for a pair of runs, adding another off Rob Scahill. The Pirates were held to six hits for a second straight outing, with Cole Figueroa banging out a pair. Striking out 13 times didn't help the cause much, either. The box score is here.

  • Brian Luxton of Low And Away picks John Jaso as his breakout Bucco for 2016.
  • Cincinnati signed Ross Ohlendorf to a one-year major league deal; he opted out of his KC contract and found a landing spot w/the Reds.

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