Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/9/13
Pirates (2-5) at D-Backs (5-2) 9:40 PM –Chase Field, Phoenix MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs go for their first two-game winning streak of the season and their first series win tonight in Arizona. It’s another late game (the last one for quite a while) and will be on ROOT as soon as the Pens game ends. Tonight’s starters… James McDonald (0-1, 1.29) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 10.80) McDonald got off to a good start to his season last week against the Cubs, but he wasn’t exactly dominant. Tonight’s road game will present a much tougher challenge against a team that hits righties quite well. If James can get through this one with a decent outing and without a classic J-Mac implosion, I’ll be happy. McCarthy came over to the D-Backs this year as a free agent after two very solid seasons in Oakland, and was roughed up by the Cardinals in his first Arizona start.  The big righty seems like a really cool guy – he used sabermetrics to help revitalize his career (although he’s had durability issues and suffered a scary injury last year when he took a liner to the head) and is a great follow on Twitter. Unfortunately our mini Twitter campaign this winter (similar to the one we tried with Edwin Jackson ) to lure him to Pittsburgh failed. D-Backs vs. J-Mac // Bucs vs. McCarthy LINEUPS: #Pirates lineup 4/9 at #Diamondbacks: Marte 7 Walker 4 McCutchen 8 Jones 3 Martin 2 Alvarez 5 Snider 9 Barmes 6 McDonald 1 — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 9, 2013 #Diamondbacks lineup 4/9 vs. #Pirates: Parra 8 Prado 7 Hill 4 Montero 2 Goldschmidt 3 Kubel 9 Chavez 5 Pennington 4 McCarthy 1 — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 9, 2013 Same lineup as last night for the Bucs, which makes sense considering that it produced their best offensive output of the young season. LET’S GO BUCS
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