INDIANAPOLIS (60-46) beat Columbus, 2-1. RHP Wilfredo Boscan (7-3, 3.55) was the winner, giving up 1 run, 3 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings. 2B Alen Hanson (.274) hit a 2-run home run. CF Keon Broxton (.240) doubled twice and tripled.
ALTOONA (57-49) lost to Akron, 4-2. RHP Jason Creasy (8-5, 4.43) was the loser, allowing 3 runs and 4 hits in 6 innings. RF Jose Osuna (.307) homered. 1B Josh Bell (.310) went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
BRADENTON (52-50) did not play.
WEST VIRGINIA POWER (60-42) beat Lakewood, 7-4. LHP Stephen Tarpley (8-2, 2.26) was the winner, giving up 4 runs - 3 earned - and 7 hits in 6 innings. 3B Jordan Luplow (.250) went 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer. RF Michael Suchy (.286) went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (20-19) lost to Tri-City, 5-3. RHP Seth McGarry (1-1, 4.46) was the loser, allowing 4 runs and 2 hits in 2 2/3 innings. RF Logan Hill (.336) tripled and homered.
GCL PIRATES (18-11) beat GCL Astros, 7-5. LHP Gerardo Navarro (1.98) gave up 5 runs – 1 earned – and 3 hits in 5 innings. RHP Richard Mitchell (2-2, 4.26) was the winner. 1B Jhoan Herrera (.330) had 3 RBIs. DH Ke’Bryan Hayes (.366) had an RBI and scored a run.
BRISTOL (15-19) beat Greeneville, 4-3. RHP Gage Hinsz (6.14) allowed 1 run and 2 hits in 5 innings. RHP Scooter Hightower (3-1, 2.42) was the winner. 3B Julio De La Cruz (.262) doubled twice and drove in 2 runs.
CINCINNATI -- The Pirates have traded minor league infielder Justin Sellers to the Chicago White Sox, according to a source familiar with the move.
Sellers, 29, did not appear in the majors with the Pirates this season. He began the season on the disabled list because of an injury to his left Achilles’ tendon. The Pirates recently put him on waivers, and when he cleared, they recalled him from his rehab assignment and sent him outright to Class AAA Indianapolis.
It is not immediately known what the Pirates got in return for Sellers, but it likely isn’t much, possibly a minor leaguer, player to be named later or cash.
Update 7:01 p.m.: The trade is official and has been announced.
Update: The trade is complete, but not yet announced. The Pirates will send Class AA Altoona shortstop JaCoby Jones to the Tigers for Soria.
CINCINNATI -- The Pirates and Tigers are making progress on a trade that would send right-handed reliever Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh, according to sources.
The Pirates have been trying to upgrade their bullpen in advance of the deadline and believed they strengthened it by adding Joe Blanton. Soria would give them another late-inning reliever to pair with Jared Hughes, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon.
Soria, 31, is a free agent after this season and is making $7 million this season. He has a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings and has saved 23 games.
Game: Pirates (59-41) at Reds (45-54)
Time: 7:10 p.m.
Site: Great American Ball Park
TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7
Weather: 82 and sunny
CINCINNATI -- The Pirates designated Vance Worley for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton, who was purchased from the Royals. The Pirates have 10 days to trade or release Worley, or if he clears waivers they can send him outright to Class AAA Indianapolis. Worley can refuse the assignment if he chooses. More to come on the blog soon.
1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Starling Marte LF
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Jung Ho Kang SS
6. Francisco Cervelli C
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
8. Neil Walker (S) 2B
9. A.J. Burnett RHP
1. Brandon Phillips 2B
2. Ivan De Jesus Jr. 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Marlon Byrd LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Eugenio Suarez SS
7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
8. David Holmberg LHP
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Update: Vance Worley has been designated for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton.
MINNEAPOLIS -- If the overnight Cole Hamels and Carlos Gomez intrigue wasn’t enough for you, I present: Joe Blanton.
The Pirates acquired Blanton from the Kansas City Royals early this morning in exchange for cash considerations. Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment Tuesday when the Royals traded for Johnny Cueto.
He is making $1 million this season.
In 15 games, four starts, Blanton has a 3.89 ERA and 40 strikeouts compared to seven walks in 412/3 innings. The Oakland Athletics originally drafted Blanton in the first round in 2002. He has since played for the A’s, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels in addition to the Royals.
Blanton profiles as a long reliever for the Pirates, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio indicates there could be something there.
He won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He has a career 2.3 batters per nine walk rate, which was 1.9 batters per nine from 2011 on. In six of his 11 relief appearances this year, he pitched more than one inning, suggesting he could serve as a long reliever. Vance Worley is out of options.
Blanton is expected to join the Pirates today in Cincinnati, at which point they will make a corresponding move.