Pirates pre-game: James Shields vs. A.J. Burnett

Bill Brink about 3 hours ago

Game: Padres (39-45) at Pirates (47-34)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Weather: 78 degrees, 60 percent chance of rain at game time


Here are the lineups for tonight’s game.


1. Derek Norris C
2. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
3. Matt Kemp RF
4. Justin Upton LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko 2B
7. Will Venable (L) CF
8. Alexi Amarista (L) SS
9. James Shields RHP


1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Jung Ho Kang 3B
5. Francisco Cervelli C
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
7. Jordy Mercer SS
8. Sean Rodriguez LF
9. A.J. Burnett RHP


Starling Marte is not in tonight’s lineup because of continued pain in his left side. He left the game Sunday during an at-bat. 

“I feel the same thing,” Marte said.

Asked how this pain compared to the right oblique strain that sent Marte to the DL for three weeks in 2012, he said, “It’s pretty close.”

“Feeling about the same he did yesterday when we took him out, from my understanding earlier this afternoon when I spoke to the training staff with him,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

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Pirates pre-game: Josh Harrison placed on disabled list; lineups

Bill Brink about 3 hours ago

The Pirates today put Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his left thumb, one he sustained while sliding into second base Sunday. They added Travis Ishikawa, whom they claimed off waivers from the Giants Sunday, to the active roster in Harrison’s place.

"My hands got stuck in the dirt, got cut up a little bit,“ Harrison said. ”They did a pitching change, for it was good for me to go in and get my blood cleaned up and give [trainers] a heads-up that, hey, this might be something we want to look at.“

Harrison, whose left hand was wrapped, did not respond directly when asked whether he had X-rays or MRIs and what they showed. ”We’ve got to get a second opinion,“ he said. ”It’s swollen right now.“ He said there was no official diagnosis as of yet. ”Swollen, not as painful as yesterday.“

Asked about a timeline, manager Clint Hurdle said, ”I don't have any idea about that. We're still accumulating information, he's still going to see another doctor.“

Jung Ho Kang will likely spend the majority of time at third base while Harrison is on the DL. 

”I spoke with [Harrison] this afternoon early when he got in,“ Hurdle said. ”He's in as good a place as you could want a player to be in dealing with the injury now and moving forward. We'll see where this goes.“

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Pirates minor league report 7/5

By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about 21 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (50-34) defeated Louisville, 3-1. RHP Angel Sanchez (3-0, 2.88) gave up 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 7 in 7 innings for his third win. C Tony Sanchez (.214) went 2 for 4 and both drove in and scored a run. 3B Pedro Florimon (.239) was 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer.

ALTOONA (44-38) defeated Harrisburg, 3-0. RHP Chad Kuhl (6-3, 3.07) scattered 7 hits, walked 1 and struck out 5 in 6 shutout innings. CF Adam Frazier (.386) was 3 for 4 with 1 RBI, while SS Max Moroff (.319) went 2 for 4 and scored twice. LF Jose Osuna (.301) and 3B Edward Salcedo (.232) each had 2 hits.

BRADENTON (40-41) came from behind to defeat Jupiter, 2-1, in 10 innings. RHP Montana DuRapau (3-0, 0.71) allowed 1 hit in 2 innings to pick up the win in relief. SS JaCoby Jones (.263) was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in both Marauders runs.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (45-34) was leading Delmarva, 3-1, when the game was suspended and will be completed today.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (6-10) lost to Batavia, 10-6. LHP Hector Garcia (1-1, 7.20) was shelled for 7 earned runs on 4 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 2 in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss. SS Kevin Kramer (.200) was 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored. LF Ty Moore (.377) and 1B Albert Baur (.317) each had 2 hits.

BRISTOL (3-6) doubleheader against Johnson City was postponed by rain.

GCL PIRATES (8-3) did not play.

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All-Star starters announced

Bill Brink about 23 hours ago

The starters for the AL and NL All-Star teams, as voted on by fans, were revealed tonight. There are no Pirates starting, but Andrew McCutchen might get the chance

Giancarlo Stanton is out after hand surgery and Matt Holliday might or might not be able to play as he returns from a strained quadriceps. They are both ahead of McCutchen in the fan voting, in addition to Bryce Harper. McCutchen is fifth, also behind Nori Aoki, who is on the DL because of a fractured leg.

According to the CBA, the manager -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy -- selects the roster replacement, but the starter comes from the player ballots. further clarifies that the reserve who receives the most votes at the injured player’s position moves into the starting lineup. 

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Pirates 5, Indians 3

By Paul Zeise 1 day ago

Gerrit Cole is the Pirates ace and one of the best pitchers in baseball, but in this particular game he needed a little lift from his offense in order to secure yet another win.

But that doesn’t mean Cole wasn’t very good, again, because he was, it just took him a few innings to really find his best stuff and once he did he shut the lights out on the Indians.

The Pirates used a 5-run fifth to take control of the game and then let Cole take care of the rest as they beat the Indians, 5-3, before a crowd of 36,812 at PNC Park.

It was the second win in a row for the Pirates (47-34) and their seventh in nine games and they also improved to 14-10-3 in series this season.

Cole (12-3) became the first pitcher in the Majors this season to 12 wins and despite some struggles early, made yet another strong case to be the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game.

He pitched 8 innings, gave up only five hits and three runs, struck out five and walked only one and 69 of his 106 pitches were strikes.

But things didn’t start out well for Cole as Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss singled to start the top of the second inning and then Santana scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Michael Bourn.

Bourn then stole second and advanced to third when Chris Stewart’s throw to second was errant and then he gave the Indians a 2-0 lead on a single to left by Roberto Perez.

Cleveland added another run in the top of the third and led 3-0 after Jason Kipnis led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on Michael Brantley’s RBI single.

It took five innings for the Pirates to get their bats going but once they got started, they erupted for a huge inning and flipped the script on the game.

Jung Ho Kang got the hit barrage started in the fifth with a single and then Pedro Alvarez pulled the Pirates to within 3-2 with a towering opposite field home run.

Catcher Chris Stewart singled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cole and a single by Josh Harrison then Neil Walker tied the game, 3-3, with an RBI single that left the Pirates with two on and two out.

Andrew McCutchen then put a punctuation mark on the inning when he crushed a ball off the centerfield wall for two-run double that put the Pirates up 5-3 and also chased Indians starter Danny Salazar (7-4) from the game.

The Indians to Cole early but the outburst of runs came just as he had seemingly settled in and he retired the final 16 batters he faced.

Mark Melancon then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his National League-leading 27th save.

Perhaps of bigger concern than any other development in this game for the Pirates was that outfielder Starling Marte had to leave the game with discomfort in his left side in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Marte was up to bat with two outs and nobody on and he swung and missed and then had to step out of the batter’s box as he held his side and was looked at by the Pirates athletic trainer.

He stood in for two more pitches but after a week foul ball, he had enough and he retreated back to the dugout and was replaced by Gregory Polanco, who promptly grounded out to end the inning.

Marte will be re-evaluated Monday.

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