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Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers (28-37) at Pirates (39-27)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs kick off a weekend series against the last-place LA Dodgers tonight. Yep, last place. Despite spending tons and tons of money over the past year, the Dodgers have struggled (injuries haven’t helped) so far this season. That said, they are still a very talented club and swept the Bucs out of LA in the first week of the season. They’ve also got rookie phenom Yasiel Puig.
A.J. Burnett unfortunately had to go on the DL yesterday with his calf injury. None of the familiar options are available to start for the Bucs on Saturday, so Brandon Cumpton will come up. He’s a young righty with fairly solid numbers in Indianapolis. More on him tomorrow.
Starling Marte is still out with discomfort in his ribs (from sliding head first).
The Dodgers were in a huge brawl with the D-Backs earlier this week, and a few suspensions were handed out today. They won’t affect the series too much though – only one player (reliever Ronald Belisario) will serve the suspension right away (the other two are appealing). Manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Mark McGwire will serve suspensions tonight (and tomorrow as well for McGwire).
Stephen Fife (1-1, 3.78) vs. Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.39)
Fife has made just eight major league starts and has been decent so far for the Dodgers. He’s allowed his fair share of hits in three games so far this year but is coming off a solid performance against the Braves. The Bucs need to get going against him, because they’ll face Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke the next two days.
Locke has been strong all year for the Bucs, but he walked an alarming seven batters in his last start. That needs to stop. Jeff has been getting a bunch more strikeouts lately, though, which is reason to hope that he can continue his early season success. The Dodgers beat him in his first start of the season.
Dodgers vs. Locke
Here we go! RT@ApStef Here’s your #Pirates lineup for tonight’s 7:05pm game at PNC! #LetsGoBucs #AYCTBucs #PackPNC pic.twitter.com/u9grqGF1rA
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 14, 2013
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Jim Callis of Baseball America reports the Pittsburgh Pirates gave fifth round pick Trae Arbet a $425,000 bonus. That’s $103,600 over the $321,400 slot price for the fifth round.
#Pirates 5th-rder Trae Arbet's bonus is $425k. California HS SS, VG athlete & defender, solid runner, could be avg bat. #mlbdraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 15, 2013
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of ten draft picks. The picks are as follows:
4th Round – Cody Dickson
9th Round – Chad Kuhl
12th Round – Beau Wallace
17th Round – Justin Topa
18th Round – Jeff Roy
19th Round – Brett McKinney
21st Round – Adam Landecker
23rd Round – Cameron Griffin
25th Round – Justin Maffei
27th Round – Michael Fransoso
Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings.The Pirates are off...
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Play of the day candidate, watch Los Angeles Dodgers LF Skip Schumaker track a deep fly ball and rob Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin of what should have been a 3-run home run. Video courtesy of MLB.com: With the home run, the Pirates take a one run lead 4-3. Without it, they’re still chasing 2 runs at 3-1. The game went to extras in which the Dodgers won 5-3, making...
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Hanley Ramirez cup checked himself on a foul ball.
Don Mattingly, thoughts?
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Yes, the only thing that gets him to smile in the dugout is his own player in writhing pain from getting drilled in the nuts. :o
Your browser does not support iframes.Opinion seems to be generally split toward The Wave.Some folks are totally on board with getting up out of their seats and raising their hands on cue, while others simply despise it. Count the Washington Nationals as ones who aren't too fond of it.However, a group of young Pittsburgh Pirates fans tried valiantly to get The Wave going Thursday...
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