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    Pittsburgh Pirates Team Report
    USA Today
    May 14, 2011

    [HIGH-LIGHT]INSIDE PITCH[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    The Pirates and Brewers don't get along, to say the least. That was evident again Friday night at Miller Park with players from both sides gathering on the field after a collision between Pittsburgh's Ronny Cedeno and Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks.

    At the same time, the Pirates have a somewhat grudging respect for the Brewers, who have now won 29 of the past 31 meetings in Milwaukee, including a 5-2 victory Friday.

    Fact is, Milwaukee's market is two-thirds the size of Pittsburgh's, and the Brewers have a payroll in the range of $80 million, nearly double that of the Pirates. Moreover, even though the Brewers are currently lower in the standings, they are seen as a legitimate contender, in part because of those investments.

    Clint Hurdle, the Pirates' new manager who is unafraid to speak his mind on any topic, gave a striking response to a pregame question about how the Brewers landed CC Sabathia two seasons ago and whether such a thing might ever happy in Pittsburgh.

    "Time will tell, No. 1," Hurdle said. "And I do think there will be some changes that take place in the future. I do think a different perspective has taken hold. I do think there is an opportunity for a different mind-set to come into play. But you've got to do it. People are going to rumble and mumble and hold onto their thoughts until there's tangible evidence of change. And I believe it will happen."

    The Pirates long have looked to Milwaukee as a financial role model, in the sense that the Brewers stripped their club down early in the last decade, then built a solid core, then won and grew attendance, then put that money into keeping much of that core. But the Pirates don't see themselves at the contender stage yet, and with good reason.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]NOTES, QUOTES[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    —RHP James McDonald had been strong in three consecutive starts, but he was chased after four innings — five runs, six hits — in the Pirates' 5-2 loss at Milwaukee on Friday. McDonald showed good velocity but poor pitch selection, and he elevated too many pitches in key situations. At any rate, concerns about his velocity have all but dissipated. Now, he just needs to find consistency.

    —RHP Jose Ascanio pitched in the majors for the first time in nearly two years, following shoulder surgery and other injuries, and he did exceptionally well. He put down the Brewers 1-2-3 in the fifth, throwing 95-mph heat for two strikeouts.

    —1B Lyle Overbay was the only member of the Pirates with multiple hits Friday — he was 2-for-4 — but his .232 average is beginning to make him a lightning rod for criticism in a city that long has treated free agent signees with skepticism. Making matters worse, Overbay committed his fourth error after arriving in Pittsburgh with a reputation as being strong defensively.

    —SS Ronny Cedeno accounted for all of the Pirates' offense with a two-run home run, his first, that tie the game at 2 in the fourth inning. Cedeno also walked, but his average is .217, and he had been hearing it at home, too.

    —RHP Evan Meek (shoulder) pitched a clean side session in Milwaukee, and he will begin a rehabilitation stint with Class AAA Indianapolis on Saturday. If he fares well there, he should be back in the Pittsburgh bullpen next week.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 2 — Victories in the Pirates' past 31 games in Milwaukee, the most lopsided active stretch between division rivals in the major leagues.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "If we could pinpoint that, we would do something about it. But that place has had our number." — C Ryan Doumit, on the Pirates' long, ugly stretch of losing in Milwaukee.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]ROSTER REPORT[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    MEDICAL WATCH:

    —RHP Evan Meek (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27. He will begin a rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis on May 14, and he could return to the Pirates during the week of May 16-22.

    —RHP Mike Crotta (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 11.

    —RHP Ross Ohlendorf (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 9. He threw off flat ground for the first time April 17. Ohlendorf threw from 120 feet April 26, and he threw two bullpen sessions in late April. He pitched his first live batting practice May 3 and threw another May 6. He is expected to throw more sessions before beginning his rehabilitation stint, likely pushing back his return until at least late May.

    —LHP Scott Olsen (left hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He was moved to the 60-day DL on April 26.

    —RHP Kevin Hart (right shoulder surgery in May 2010) went on the 60-day disabled list March 18. He was throwing in Bradenton, Fla., in mid-April, but the timetable for his return was uncertain.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]ROTATION:[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    LHP Paul Maholm
    RHP Kevin Correia
    RHP James McDonald
    RHP Charlie Morton
    RHP Jeff Karstens

    [HIGH-LIGHT]BULLPEN:[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    RHP Joel Hanrahan (closer)
    RHP Chris Resop
    RHP Jose Veras
    RHP Jose Ascanio
    LHP Joe Beimel
    RHP Daniel McCutchen
    LHP Daniel Moskos

    [HIGH-LIGHT]CATCHERS:[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Chris Snyder
    Ryan Doumit

    [HIGH-LIGHT]INFIELDERS:[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    1B Lyle Overbay
    2B Neil Walker
    SS Ronny Cedeno
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    INF Brandon Wood

    [HIGH-LIGHT]OUTFIELDERS:[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    LF Jose Tabata
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    RF Garrett Jones
    OF Matt Diaz
    OF/INF Steve Pearce
    OF Xavier Paul

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    The pitching has done surprisingly well. Left and center fell off the edge.........should come back to decency. Overhype has been just that, but could have a hitting streak. Diaz could have his moment or two, but that's all. Jones is Jones......good guy to have on the team. Cedeño has developed nicely, could use some more bat. Wood shows why he was let go from another team. Walker would play for some other teams as is. I expect him to slump somewhat, but have a very solid year.

    Alvarez, where are you? The team, club and fans really need you............not to put pressure on you, or anything.

    I have been impressed with the catching, although Snyder's BA is heading to his norms.

    This is truly a team where it's players need to get better. Overhype would be OK and perhaps hit better, if other players stepped up offensively. Actually, close to the truth with Snyder. Diaz has not been any kind of threat and Wood is not that good in the field.

    So far this team gets us a losing record. Hopefully they will gel before the Pirates ship has sunk.

    Just my humble opinion.
    Last edited by CROSSBONES; May-14-2011 at 03:59 AM.
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