|Nick Kingham is back on the mound again (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
- Jon Niese is one piece of a not very strong but fairly deep market of pitchers available, per Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors. Todd counts 40 arms being shopped to various degrees.
- Will Leitch of Sports on Earth made 100 predictions for the second half of the season. Those involving Pittsburgh are: 1) The Pirates are in a transitional year, so they won't make any crazy moves, no matter what happens. Next year is the scariest year for the Pirates. 2) So they'll end up falling a little bit short of the Wild Card. But it might be the last time they miss the playoffs for a while. 3) Also, Andrew McCutchen will remain Pittsburgh's worst outfielder, even though he'll rebound in the second half.
- @CoryGiger reports that Ryan Vogelsong will pitch a rehab game tomorrow for the AA Altoona Curve.
- Nick Kingham made his second GCL Pirates rehab start yesterday. He went four IP, giving up a run on two hits, with no walks and two whiffs after 37 pitches.
- The International League beat the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-star game 4-2; Indy's Frank Duncan tossed a clean, eight-pitch frame for the IL.
- The Eastern League AA East team whupped the West (Altoona's division) 10-2. Curve CF Harold Ramirez went 1-for-2 and 1B Edwin Espinal 0-for-2. The pitching, well...Altoona's Jared Lakind gave up two runs on three hits in his inning with a pair of whiffs while Tyler Eppley worked a frame and also gave up two runs on three hits, except without any K.