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    Right-hander Brad Lincoln allowed one run on six hits over seven innings in Triple-A Indianapolis' 3-1 victory on Friday. Lincoln evened his record to 5-5 with the win and matched his longest outing of the season. He also helped his cause by hitting a double and triple. Though Lincoln has made some encouraging steps forward over the past month, the success of the Pirates' rotation is keeping him from earning a callup.

    Manager Clint Hurdle said that Brandon Wood will start at short on Sunday in order to give Ronny Cedeno a day off. Hurdle plans to rest second baseman Neil Walker on Tuesday.

    Conversations have been had, Hurdle confirmed, about whether the Pirates can make room for outfielder Alex Presley on the big league roster. Presley, who leads the International League in hits, continues to be blocked by the Pirates' current group of five outfielders.

    Asked if he wanted to participate in the Draft process, Hurdle declined the opportunity to watch video of players the Pirates have scouted. "I have complete and total trust in our scouting department," Hurdle said. "Really, my hands are full right here."

    Double-A shortstop Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double in Altoona's loss on Friday night. Mercer, who was named the organization's best infield arm by Baseball America before the season, is batting .254 with 13 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs in 52 games. Though Mercer spent time at each infield spot last season, he has played exclusively at short this year.

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    I don't mind Lincoln being blocked, I feel like he needed more time in AAA to begin with. Should we make a deadline deal with Correia or Maholm, he'll be there waiting. It's nice to have an abundance of pitching.

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    It's amazing to have 3 pitching prospects in AAA, all having varying levels of success and no room to put them in the majors. In the past 10 years if a guy had a pulse with an ERA under 4.50 in AAA he was automatically called up. At least it seemed that way. Hopefully organizational depth will extend to the other position players soon.

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