Posted July 21, 2012 on pirates.scout.com
With the second half of the season under way, the Pirates are keeping a close eye on Rod Barajas’ playing time. That means Michael McKenry will see more playing time. McKenry has hit safely in 10 of his last 14 games, going 17-for-44 (.386) with 5 doubles, 4 HR and 13 RBI. He is batting .255 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with McKenry recently.
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