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Pregame: Barmes Could See Time Batting Second

Pregame: Barmes Could See Time Batting Second

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle inserted right fielder Jose Tabata into the lineup batting second tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals, but he said that he could revisit batting Clint Barmes in the two spot.

Barmes hit second against the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final game of three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He went 1-for-3 with a run and a sac bunt to push Alex Presley to second base in the 6th inning.

"It very could be," Hurdle said on whether he would revisit batting Barmes second. " The same reason I’m putting Tabata back in there today. It’s one of the better spots in our lineup to hit with [Andrew] McCutchen hitting third. The game has changed dramatically. There used to be a lot of pitching around guys, you don’t want to walk this guy. You don’t see that as much anymore. They pitch to people whether they’re supposed to pitch to people. Sometimes just getting out of the environment they were in, getting them in a fresh environment where the resp...

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