Originally written June 08, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Pirates (36-25) at Cubs (24-34) 4:05 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs go for a series win on the road today – always a nice feat even if it’s just the Cubs. This will be the Bucs’ third afternoon game in a row, and they’ll play a fourth tomorrow as well. Pregame news: Rumor has it that Gerrit Cole could be coming up to start for the Bucs on Tuesday – a current opening in the rotation. Here’s a summary of Day 2 of the Pirates’ draft. The draft finishes up today. Jared Hughes was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Alex Presley was called up. Today’s starters… A.J. Burnett (3-6, 3.22) vs. Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.96) Burnett leads the NL in K’s and Samardzija is tied for second, just three behind AJ…so expect lots and lots of whiffs today from both teams. AJ’s last start was his worst of the season and his previous outing was mediocre, but before that he was tremendous all season. Hopefully he can get back on track against the Cubs. Unfortunately, a common theme with Burnett has been a lack of run support and that looks to be the case again today. The Bucs are slumping and today they’ll face a guy that pretty much owns them. The Pirates actually did beat Samardzija at PNC a few weeks ago, but it was 1-0 and he still pitched extremely well.   Bucs vs. Samardzija Cubs vs. AJ
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