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Alex Presley Promoted, Irwin Demoted

Alex Presley Promoted, Irwin Demoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Alex Presley and sent down pitcher Phil Irwin. Presley has been playing in AAA  for Indianapolis, where he was hitting .357 through seven games, with two doubles,a homer and six runs scored. Irwin started yesterday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, going 4.2 innings in the come-from-behind 10-7 win. He allowed five runs(four earned) on six hits and four walks, while striking out four batters. It was the major league debut for Irwin, who picked up the no-decision.

Presley has played parts of three seasons in the majors with the Pirates. Last year, he hit .237 in 104 games, with ten homers, nine steals and a .683 OPS. He will be available for tonight's game in Pittsburgh against the St Louis Cardinals....

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