Pirates Vs. Phillies: Bucs Win 2 Straight, Split Series

The Phillies jumped on Erik Bedard in the early innings, which spurred a 5-4 win to take the first two games of a four-game series.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: A.J. Burnett Wins Again As Pirates Win 2nd Straight

The Pirates' A.J. Burnett won his eighth straight start, beating the Phillies 5-4 in a game that was closer than it initially appeared it would be.

The Bucs scored all five of their runs in the first inning, thanks in part to a three-run shot by Casey McGehee and a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez.

In the second, however, former Pirates backup catcher Erik Kratz hit a two-run bomb. Then Placido Polanco hit a grounder for an RBI in the sixth. Burnett left after 6.2 innings after striking out seven and walking two, and allowing three earned runs.

The Phillies inched closer in the eighth on a solo homer by Hunter Pence. Despite a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins against Joel Hanrahan in the ninth, though, the Phillies couldn't bring the tying run home, and the Bucs escaped with a 5-4 win.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: A.J. Burnett Looking For 8th Consecutive Victory

On May 13, A.J. Burnett pitched in eight innings and allowed two earned runs, but did not earn a decision. Since that day, Burnett has won seven consecutive starts and has dropped his ERA from 5.12 to 3.24. In his latest start, Burnett allowed just two hits and held the Tigers scoreless through the six innings he pitched.

If Burnett earns his eighth consecutive win, it will be his ninth of the season and will potentially move him in to a tie for the eighth most wins in the MLB and the fifth most in the National League. To do so, he'll have out-pitch Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies.

Kendrick has struggled to start the 2012 season with a 2-7 record and 5.24 ERA. In his most recent start he allowed six hits and two earned runs in just four innings pitched as he earned a loss to the Rays. Now Kendrick will have to bounce back against a Pirates lineup that found success and racked up 11 runs in a win against the Phillies on Wednesday.

The first pitch at Citizens Bank Park is scheduled to be thrown at 1:05 p.m. ET and will be televised on CSN-Philadelphia and ROOT Sports.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies Final Score: Pittsburgh Bats Come Alive In 11-7 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead on the Philadelphia Philles, going up 8-2 midway through the game. That lead would begin to fade however as the Phillies stormed back to pull within a run.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Phils began to cut into Pittsburgh's lead thanks to a Hunter Pence RBI double and a Shane Victorino RBI single. The very next inning saw Philadelphia pour on some more runs, as it looked like they would soon close the gap on the Pirates. Jimmy Rollins started things off with an RBI triple to cut the lead to 8-5. Two more runs later as the inning ended, the Phillies found themselves down 8-7.

Pittsburgh got their offense back into gear picking up three runs in the eighth inning, powered by an Andrew McCutchen two-run home run to give the Pirates an 11-7 lead. That was enough for the Pirates to hang on for the win and put themselves in position to split the four-game series.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies Score Update: Pittsburgh Jumps Out To Big 8-2 Lead

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the first two games in the series to the Philadelphia Phillies, but are on their way to what looks like a victory midway through the sixth inning. The Pirates currently hold an 8-2 lead over Philadelphia, thans to two good offensive innings in a row.

Philadelphia took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, picking up two runs thanks to a pair of home runs by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz. The Buccos rallied however in the very next inning thanks to a Michael McKenry three-run blast to give the Pirates the lead. Pittsburgh added on five more runs and currently hold an 8-2 lead.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Pittsburgh Hopes To Spoil Chase Utley's 2012 Debut

The Pittsburgh Pirates play the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night as Chase Utley will make his 2012 debut.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies Recap: Bucs Drop Second Straight To Phils

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their second straight to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, losing 5-4. The Bucs fell behind in the first inning and despite several chances to take the lead, they could never quite get over the hump as the Phillies' offense came through when called upon. Erik Bedard went six innings for Clint Hurdle, giving up four runs while striking out three and walking two. The Phils did their damage in the early innings and a Ty Wigginton two-run shot in the bottom of the third pushed their lead to 4-1.

But the winning run, it turned out, would not come until bottom of the eighth as catcher Carlos Ruiz hit a solo blast off Juan Cruz. It would prove to be valuable insurance as Matt McKenry would hit his fourth homer in the next half inning to make it a one-run game. But closer Jonathan Papelbon would hold on, retiring Alex Presley and Jose Tabata to preserve the 5-4 win.

McKenry finished the night three for three with two RBIs and a run. The Bucs still have a chance to split the four-game series but they'll need James McDonald to stop the skid on Wednesday night. He'll be opposed by Raul Valdes.

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Daniel Moskos Designated For Assignment As Pirates Finish Roster Moves

Completing the series of roster moves that saw the Pirates add Drew Sutton and Eric Fryer to the 25-man roster, the Bucs have designated reliever Daniel Moskos for assignment.

Moskos was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 Major League Draft, and he became a symbol of the failures of former Bucs GM Dave Littlefield, who selected Moskos, who even then projected as a reliever, over current Orioles star Matt Wieters. It's not Moskos' fault that he isn't Wieters', obviously, but the Pirates attempted to draft a late-inning reliever, always an incredibly bad decision at No. 4 overall, and got even less. Moskos did make it to the majors, but he hit a wall as a starter and, other than some decent pitching at Altoona in 2010 and Indianapolis in 2011, really never looked much like a reliable major-leaguer.

There's a good chance Moskos will pass through waivers and end up back in the Pirates organization.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Tuesday Starting Lineups

After dropping the first game of the weekday series against their in-state foe, the Pittsburgh Pirates look to get back on track on Tuesday, sending Erik Bedard to the mound. Bedard, though, has gone just 4-7 this season with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts. He will be opposite the Philadelphia Phillies' Vance Worley, who is 3-4 with a 2.78 ERA this season. Though dropping Monday night's contest, its second straight, Pittsburgh has won six of its last nine games.

First pitch against the Phillies is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised by ROOT.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Pirates (38-34)

Jose Tabata LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Case McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C
Erik Bedard P

Phillies (35-40)

Jimmy Rollins SS
Placido Polanco 3B
Hunter Pence RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Shane Victorino CF
Ty Wigginton 1B
John Mayberry LF
Mike Fontenot 2B
Vance Worley P

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Pirates Add Drew Sutton, Eric Fryer; Demote Doug Slaten, Matt Hague

The Pirates have added infielder Drew Sutton and catcher Eric Fryer to their 25-man roster, and have demoted reliever Doug Slaten and first baseman Matt Hague.

The Sutton/Slaten exchange was expected, since the Pirates claimed Sutton a couple days ago and had an extra man in their 'pen thanks to another series of transactions earlier this week.

Fryer joins the team because Rod Barajas suffered a minor injury in Monday's game. It appears that Barajas won't need to go to the DL, but the Pirates probably don't want to use him today, and can use a backup to Michael McKenry. (Casey McGehee is the Pirates' emergency catcher.) Fryer will presumably be sent back down as soon as Barajas is healthy to play. The Pirates can probably also clear Fryer from the 40-man roster whenever they feel like it, as well -- he's having a miserable season in Indianapolis, and it's unlikely anyone would claim him.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Erik Bedard And Pirates Will Look To Gain Ground In NL Central

With two consecutive losses, including an 8-3 loss to the Phillies on Monday, the Pirates have lost ground on the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds and are now two games behind the division lead.

In the second game of a four-game all-Pennsylvania series, the Pirates will look to bounce back with left hander Erik Bedard taking the mound against right hander Vance Worley. After losing each of his first four starts of the season, due mostly to very poor run support, Bedard settled in with a much better May than April.

Now Bedard is coming off a strong showing against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in which he threw in six innings allowing four hits and one earned run; however, he was unable to earn the decision and the Pirates lost the game 2-1.

Worley is coming off two consecutive losses for the Phillies and hasn't earned a victory since he beat the Padres on May 11. In his most recent start he allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings pitched.

The first pitch of the game will come at 7:05 p.m. ET and will be televised on CSN-Philadelphia and ROOT Sports.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Phils Unsure Who Will Start Wednesday

After making their way through a doubleheader on Sunday, the Phillies aren't sure who will start for them on Wednesday against the Pirates. Joe Blanton pitched Monday, and Vance Worley is scheduled to pitch Tuesday. But Wednesday has the Phils shrugging their shoulders.

"We don't know yet," [Charlie] Manuel said. "Seriously, we don't."

Pitching coach Rich Dubee and Manuel later discussed their options, and there is no obvious one.

Worley represents a tough matchup for the Pirates, but it looks like the Pirates will have good matchups on Wednesday (who knows) and Thursday (probably Kyle Kendrick).

One possibility for the Phillies on Wednesday is Class AAA starter Tom Cochran, who has 41 strikeouts and 29 walks in 51 innings this year at Lehigh Valley. Cochran, 29, has never pitched in the big leagues.

None of the Phillies' options seem that appetizing, so that presents an opportunity for the Pirates.

Via Bill Brink.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies Recap: After Ugly 1st Inning, Bucs Fall 8-3 In Philly

After an impressive weekend series against the Detroit Tigers, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action in the senior circuit on Monday in Philadelphia. The Phillies were coming off a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Rays on Sunday and got a solid outing from Joe Blanton to take the first game, 8-3.

In his first action since April, Bucs' starter Jeff Karstens gave up four earned runs in a first inning that included several Pirates fielding miscues. Karstens wore on for five innings, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits. Five of those hits came in a disastrous first inning that was compounded by three Pirates' throwing errors. The Phils would never look back.

Joe Tabata launched his third homer of the season in the top of the fourth but each time the Bucs' scored a run, Philadelphia would answer to keep their comfortable cushion. And Blanton struck out eight Pirates while giving up just two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Erik Bedard will take the hill in Game 2 on Tuesday night and will be opposed by Vance Worley.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies Lineup: Bryan Morris Demoted, No Drew Sutton

In order to clear roster space for Jeff Karstens to start Monday night in Philadelphia, the Pirates have demoted reliever Bryan Morris, as expected. Morris got to spend just one day in the big leagues, and he didn’t get to pitch.

I had expected that there would be another roster move Monday afternoon in order to make room for infielder Drew Sutton, who the Pirates recently claimed on waivers, but Sutton is not listed in the starting lineup or on the bench in the Pirates/Phillies lineup card, so we’ll see if that happens Monday. Here’s who is listed:

Alex Presley LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
Jeff Karstens P

Jimmy Rollins SS
Juan Pierre LF
Hunter Pence RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Ty Wigginton 1B
Mike Fontenot 2B
Joe Blanton P

The Pirates list a short bench of Casey McGehee, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Michael Kenry.

UPDATE: Sutton will join the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Jeff Karstens To Return In First Game Of Series

One of the Pirates' top performers in 2011 will finally return from the disabled list Monday.

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