Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Nite: Red Sox at Pirates, Hutch v Steven Wright, Lineup, Notes, More Cuts, Pirates Win 4-1

Tonight: The Red Sox visit the Pirates at LECOM Park in Bradenton. It's another night game, starting at 6:05, and will be on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.

Lineup: Adam Frazier LF, J-Hay 3B, Cutch RF, Starling Marte CF, John Jaso 1B, Fran Cervelli C, Josh Bell DH, Phil Gosselin SS, Alen Hansen 2B (Hutch P). Fraze is seeing a lot of time at leadoff and playing every day; he may be chasing down Harrison for starting time.

Well look who's at leadoff again (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)

Pitchers: Drew Hutchison, Tony Watson, Daniel Hudson and Antonio Bastardo. Hutch was rocked in his last outing but is still battling, and may even be ahead *shiver me timbers* in the fifth starter scrum.

Yesterday's Game: Mighty fine pitching again. Ivan Nova was more than solid, even with surrendering Miguel Sano's solo blast, Tyler Webb tossed three one-hit frames, Felipe Rivero was tough and even minor league arm Buddy Borden struck out the side between a walk and a knock. Fraze and Cutch both homered and drove in a pair as the Bucs cruised to a 4-1 win over the Twins.

  • Gregory Polanco has sat for three games with a left shoulder issue and says he doesn't expect to start throwing again until Friday. 
And then there were three...Brault sent to Indy (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
  • The Pirates optioned Steven Brault and Gift Ngoepe to Indianapolis and reassigned Josh Lindblom and Jason Rogers to the minors. The first three were no surprise, tho the trio had decent camps. Brault's departure leaves the fifth man spot a three-way battle between Hutch, Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams.
  • Yesterday's game was a throwback - it took just two hours and 10 minutes to play.
  • Ex-Buccos RHP Deolis Guerra & C Tony Sanchez were reassigned from major league camp by the Angels yesterday as was C Steve Lerud by the Rangers. Golden oldie RHP Bronson Arroyo is a good bet to break camp with the Reds as a back-end starter and LHP Erik O'Flaherty made the cut in Atlanta while OF Mel Rojas Jr is still in contention for a Bravo bench spot.
  • Last year's Indy rehab candidate, 32-year-old RHP Justin Masterson, has signed a minor-league deal with the LA Dodgers.

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