Pirates Vs. Brewers: Pirates Bash Their Way To 6-5 Win

In a game that resembled more of a home run derby, the Pirates held off the Brewers for a 6-5 win Sunday.

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A.J. Burnett To Start Tuesday, Brad Lincoln's Return To Rotation Pushed Back To Wednesday

Root Sports Pittsburgh is reporting that the Pirates will make a slight change in their starting rotation heading into Tuesday's series opener against the Cincinnati Reds.

A.J. Burnett will move up from Wednesday to Tuesday to face off against Homer Bailey. Brad Lincoln, who is returning to the rotation because of Charlie Morton's injury will move back to Wednesday. The reason is believed to be that the move was made to give Lincoln an extra day of rest to adjust to his new role.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Recap: Pirates Bash Their Way To 6-5 Win

In a game that featured plenty of long balls, the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Miller Park on Sunday.

Milwaukee got out to a fast start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on RBI hits by Taylor Green and Rickie Weeks. After that, Pirates starter James McDonald settled down, going six innings and allowing just one earned run. His ERA now sits at 2.14, which is the second lowest in the National League.

Clint Barmes would get the Pirates on the board in the second inning with an RBI single. The home run barrage began in the top of the fifth when Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run followed immediately by a Garrett Jones solo shot to make the score 4-2. The lead would increase to 5-2 after Rod Barajas homered in the top of the sixth.

The Brewers would not go quietly, as Nyjer Morgan hit his second home run of the series, and of the year, in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-3. In the seventh, Martin Maldonato cut the deficit to 5-4 with his first career home run.

Barmes provided insurance for the Pirates with a solo shot in the ninth that made the score 6-4. The Brewers staged a rally on Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, as Brooks Conrad homered and the tying run reached base before Hanrahan slammed the door for the save.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Lineups: Pedro Alvarez Benched For Pittsburgh, Milwaukee Without Ryan Braun

The Pittsburgh Pirates (26-26), just four games out of first place in the NL Central, take the field Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee looking for a victory and series win over a Brewers club that has dominated Pittsburgh lately in Wisconsin. Milwaukee has won 37 of their past 41 games at home against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will be without a key bat on Sunday. Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tweeted earlier that Clint Hurdle has benched Pedro Alvarez for Sunday's game, and possibly more.

Here is the full Pittsburgh lineup, via the team's official twitter feed:

The good news for the Pirates is that the Brewers will be without both Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez on Sunday. Here is the Milwaukee lineup today, via @BrewerNation:

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Red-Hot James McDonald Takes The Mound For Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates (26-26) and staff ace James McDonald, just four games out of first place in the NL Central, aim for a series win Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee against a Brewers club that has won five of their last six games.

McDonald (4-2, 2.20 ERA) was superb in the month of May, ranking second in the major leagues with a 1.54 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. He also struck out 39 batters in 35 innings pitched. Even more impressively, McDonald has surrendered three runs or fewer in all ten of his starts this season.

The Brewers will be sending youngster Michael Fiers (1-0, 1.29) to the mound on Sunday, just his second career start. Fiers pitched seven strong innings in his major league debut, allowing just a run and five hits in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Overall, the Pirates have lost 37 of their past 41 games in Wisconsin.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Pittsburgh Totals Just Five Hits In 5-1 Loss To Milwaukee

The Pittsburgh Pirates, again, had trouble at the plate. Compiling just five hits, Pittsburgh (26-26) dropped the second game of its weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1 on Saturday night at Miller Park.

The lone run for the Pirates came in the top of the fourth inning -- a solo home run from right fielder Garrett Jones, who finished 2-for-4. It was Jones' sixth homer of the season.

Meanwhile, the Brewers (24-29) did a bit of damage hitting-wise in the fourth, as well. With the game knotted at one, they grabbed four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as the result of a two-run single from shortstop Cody Ransom and a two-run home run from Brooks Conrad. Pitcher Erik Bedard, who got the start for the Pirates, was pulled afterwards.

The rubber-match finale is schedule for tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. EST. Pittsburgh won the first game of the series on Friday, 8-2.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Score Update: Milwaukee Finishes With Four Runs In The Fourth

Through the first three innings, the Pirates and Brewers had a combined two hits. That changed, and quickly. Milwaukee tacked on four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving it a 5-1 lead midway through Saturday night's contest at Miller Park.

With two runners already on, shortstop Cody Ransom singled to score both for the Brewers. In the next at bat, Brooks Conrad put two more runs on the scoreboard following a homer to right field.

Pittsburgh also had some success at the plate during the fourth inning, as Garrett Jones launched a home run to deep center field.

Pirates starter Erik Bedard has already left the game after 3.2 innings.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Lineups For Game 2 Saturday

The lineups for Saturday's Game 2 of the three game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers are all set. The Pirates' Erik Bedard (3-5, 3.12 ERA) will take on Shaun Marcum (3-3, 3.63) of the Brewers on the mound. The Pirates won 8-2 in Game 1 on Friday, thanks to a big third inning featuring back-to-back triples by Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen.

Here are the full lineups for Saturday.

Pirates

1) Jose Tabata - LF

2) Garrett Jones - RF

3) Andrew McCutchen - CF,

4) Pedro Alvarez - 3B

5) Neil Walker - 2B

6) Matt Hague - 1B

7) Clint Barmes - SS

8) Michael McKenry - C

Starting Pitcher: Erik Bedard

Brewers

1) Carlos Gomez - CF

2) Norichika Aoki L- F

3) Corey Hart - RF

4) Aramis Ramirez - 3B

5) Rickie Weeks - 2B

6) Cody Ransom - SS

7) Brooks Conrad - 1B

8) Martin Maldonado - C

Starting Pitcher: Shaun Marcum

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Bucs Aim To Stay Above .500 Against Shaun Marcum

With their 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night, the Pirates moved above .500, to 26-25. The Bucs will look to continue their winning ways as they continue their series against Milwaukee Saturday night (7:10 p.m.).

Erik Bedard takes the mound for the Pirates, against the Brewers' Shaun Marcum. Marcum is coming off a brilliant start against the Dodgers in which he allowed one run in seven innings and struck out nine. Unlike Friday night's Brewers starter, Randy Wolf, he's still a formidable opponent.

The Pirates have now won two straight, and the first of those came against the Reds' Johnny Cueto, a pitcher who had previously owned them. On Friday, they won at Miller Park, where they'd struggled to an almost comical degree in recent years. If the Bucs can keep winning there, that would be a boon, and it would show that this year's team isn't bound by what might have happened in the past.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Recap: 3rd Inning Rally Leads To 8-2 Bucs Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their weekend series against the Brewers with an 8-2 win. The Bucs put together a big third-inning rally, batting around and stringing together six hits and scoring six runs off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf. The inning started with back-to-back triples by Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen. After RBI singles by Neil Walker and Rod Barajas, Jose Tabata came through with a huge bases-loaded double to deep center that scored three runs and blew the game open.

Kevin Correia was solid in 5.2 innings of work. He allowed just two earned runs, both coming on solo shots and he settled in nicely to protect the big lead. The Bucs are now over .500 and will look to clinch the series on Saturday with Erik Bedard on the hill.

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Charlie Morton Injury: Brad Lincoln Will Start Tuesday, According To Reports

Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Brad Lincoln will be the pitcher that gets the nod due to Charlie Morton's trip to the disabled list, as he is now scheduled to start Tuesday.

There were whispers that Jeff Karstens would be healthy enough to return to the team early next week, however he will not be ready in time.

Lincoln has been solid out of the bullpen for the Pirates in 2012, posting an ERA of 1.07 in 25.1 innings with 26 strikeouts and a record of 3-0. He has made one start this season, pitching six strong innings in a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins back on May 14.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Lineups For Friday's Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are set to meet for the first time in 2012 Friday night at Miller Park. Kevin Correia will take to the hill for the Pirates in an attempt to push the Pirates over .500. The Brewers will counter with veteran starter Randy Wolf, in an attempt to continue their dominance over the Pirates at home. Here are the lineups for tonight's contest.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jose Tabata LF
Josh Harrison RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Matt Hague 1B
Rod Barajas C
Jordy Mercer SS
Kevin Correia P

Milwaukee Brewers

Corey Hart RF
Norichika Aoki CF
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
George Kottaras C
Rickie Weeks 2B
Taylor Green 1B
Cody Ransom SS
Randy Wolf P

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Charlie Morton Injury: Pirates Starter Heads To Disabled List With Elbow Inflammation

The Pirates have placed starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, David Todd at Bucs Dugout notes.

Morton had pitched badly in his last several starts, and it frequently appeared he was unable to get the usual break on his sinker necessary to keep the ball out of the upper part of the strike zone. That led to an uncharacteristic number of extra-base hits against him.

The Pirates have another day off Monday, so they won’t need a fifth starter until next Saturday. Another starter, Jeff Karstens, is doing rehab starts in the minors, but it’s doubtful he’ll be ready for a week or two. The Pirates could turn to a Class AAA player like Rudy Owens or Jeff Locke to make a start, but the more likely scenario is probably reliever Brad Lincoln jumping into the rotation.

In any case, Morton wasn’t scheduled to pitch against the Brewers, so it may be a day or two before we find out.

Juan Cruz, who had been on the restricted list, returns and will take Morton’s spot on the 25-man roster. Reliever Doug Slaten, who had been called up in place of Cruz, will remain with the team for now.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Bucs Try To End Pattern Of Poor Play In Milwaukee

Kevin Correia will try to lead the Pirates Friday night at Miller Park.

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