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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Nationals (15-14) at Pirates (16-12)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: MLB.TV (free today, but blacked out in Pittsburgh and DC Markets)
The Bucs open up what should be a fun weekend series against the Nats on a beautiful night at PNC. Washington is one of the favorites in the NL but hasn’t been all that great so far – particularly on offense. They do have Bryce Harper, though, and he’s been amazing – plus 3B Ryan Zimmerman is back for this series. And you may have heard that their pitching is pretty good.
Some quick notes:
The game’s not on ROOT because of the Pens. MLB Network isn’t picking it up. MLBTV is blacked out in the Pittsburgh market, but if you’re elsewhere the game is free there today. So ironically, you can watch if you’re not in Pittsburgh but can’t watch in Pittsburgh.
The Bucs made two notable roster moves earlier today.
Jason Grilli was named the MLB Delivery Man of April, which I presume means best reliever/closer.
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Three videos today from the after the Nationals’ 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park.
Clint Hurdle’s interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg’s clubhouse interview. I’ll have a recap of today’s game up this evening but for now enjoy the videos.
So Bryce Harper left last night's game in the sixth inning, causing quite a scare. In the video above, Harper and Davey Johnson discuss the injury. Good news: it's not his oblique. Bad news: it's a bad bruise. Bad enough to sit him in tonight's series finale?
(Screencap via MASN/MLB.com)
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Jordy Mercer has finally made his way to Pittsburgh. No telling if he will play or not but he’s here. He is taking the place of Neil Walker who the Pirates didn’t put on the DL after CUTTING HIS HAND TO THE BONE. This move is retroactive to 4/27. That means the Pirates played with…
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The Washington Nationals employed the double steal in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Pittsburgh 5-4 on Saturday.
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Washington Nationals right-handed starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg experienced no pain during his bullpen session yesterday, according to Amanda Comak of The Washington Times. Since he was able to log the session without discomfort, Strasburg remains on track to make his next regularly scheduled start Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Barrett Barnes has been placed on the DL.
Catching up on some minor league moves:
**The West Virginia Power have placed Barrett Barnes on the 7-day disabled list. As Tom Bragg reported on Wednesday, Barnes had a hamstring injury. The DL placement was retroactive May 2nd.
**After Jordy Mercer was promoted to the majors, Jeff Larish was added to the Indianapolis roster.
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