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Pirates Pregame: Tabata, Not Snider, Starting in Right Field

Pirates Pregame: Tabata, Not Snider, Starting in Right Field

If you follow enough of the Pirates media on Twitter, then you noticed buzz surrounding the announcement of today's lineup when it was tweeted by the official Pirates account early this afternoon. Jose Tabata, not Travis Snider, is starting in right field tonight for Pittsburgh after Snider played well last weekend against Cincinnati and had two hits last night against St. Louis.

Jose Tabta is 9 of 21 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs against St. Louis starting pitcher Jake Westbrook. Photo Credit: David Hague

The decision to start Tabata ahead of Snider tonight was one that appears to not be popular with the fans, but consider Tabata's success against St.Louis starting pitcher Jake Westbrook in the past.

Of the Pirates with at least 10 at-bats against Westbrook, Tabata has...

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