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Minor League Schedule: 5/2/11

Taillon will make his second start tonight.

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Jameson Taillon will be making his second start although just like his first start there is a strong chance of inclement weather. Please take note of the early morning start time for Bradenton. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

AAA: Indianapolis (7-18) VS Durham (14-11) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (0-3 7.17)

Game notes: Justin Wilson pitched 6 innings for the fifth start in a row and was able to rebound from a three run 1st inning to throw five shutout innings after that. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-3 with a walk and Gorkys Hernandez stole his 9th base of the year, highest total among Pirates minor leaguers.

AA: Altoona (11-11) VS Akron (12-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jared Hughes (0-1 4.05)

Game notes: Brock Holt went 3-5 with a triple and an RBI while Starling Marte went 2-5 with 2 RBI’s. Tony Sanchez reached base all four plate appearances collecting a single, 2 walks and an HBP. Since opening the year with 2 losses then 2 wins the Curve have alternated between losing and winning for 18 straight games.

High-A: Bradenton (12-13) @ Palm Beach (9-15) 10:35am
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-0 2.12)

Game notes: Nate Baker pitched 6 innings allowing just 2 runs with no walks and 5 strikeouts but got a no decision. It was his 3rd straight start allowing 2 ER after giving up 5 ER in each of his first two starts. Jarek Cunningham went 2-4 with a triple and Aaron Baker went 1-3 with a walk.

Low-A: West Virginia (9-13) VS Greensboro (13-10) 6:05pm DH
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (0-0 4.50) and Brandon Cumpton (0-3 13.83)

Game notes: Yesterday’s Power game was rained out and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader consisting of two 7 inning games. Jameson Taillon is making his second start following up his two inning rain shortened debut on Wednesday.

Indianapolis Lineup:  Game has been rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow

Altoona Lineup:

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Bradenton Lineup:

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West Virginia Lineup:(game one) Taillon pitching

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West Virginia Lineup:(game two)

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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