Pre-game: Liriano vs. Haren
Game: Dodgers (56-46) at Pirates (53-47)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Site: PNC Park
Weather: Hot and humid
TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7
On the mound: LHP Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43 ERA) for Pirates vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30 ERA) for Dodgers
Trade Deadline Chatter -- Logic tells us that pitching is the area where the Pirates – if they make any trade deadline moves – is the most likely area to stockpile some talent.
This could be a reliever or starter, but both make sense, and many names have surfaced over the last week or so, including Phillies pitchers - A. J. Burnett or reliever Antonio Bastardo.
Spoke with several Pirates who would welcome back Burnett with open arms, as they love his competitive fire, but can’t personally vouch for reports that they are actively lobbying for his return. (Not sure how much that would matter anyway.)
An interesting name surfaced today as Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Pirates are looking at some Arizona relievers. He then pointed out that lefty Oliver Perez is in the Arizona bullpen.
This would be interesting as Perez, who is a former Pirates starter, is having a strong year out of the bullpen with a 1.96 ERA in 36.2 innings with a 1.145 WHIP.
In today’s PG:
Game story: Pirates outlast Dodgers 12-7
Pirates Notebook: Hurdle, Nutting laud Bud Selig in his PNC Park visit
- Gregory Polanco RF
- Travis Snider LF
- Andrew McCutchen CF
- Neil Walker 2B
- Russell Martin C
- Ike Davis 1B
- Josh Harrison 3B
- Jordy Mercer SS
- Francisco Liriano LHP