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Kris Johnson Called Up to Pirates, Andrew Lambo to Triple-A

Kris Johnson Called Up to Pirates, Andrew Lambo to Triple-A

Kris Johnson has never pitched in the Majors, but has posted great numbers since June 1. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates have called up left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson from Triple-A, first reported by his agency Sosnick Cobbe Sports. Outfielder Andrew Lambo was optioned to Indianapolis.

Johnson, 28, will be making his Major League debut for Pittsburgh. This season, Johnson has posted a 2.41 ERA (best in the International League), 90 strikeouts and 40 walks in 130.2 innings for the Indianapolis Indians. Over 20 starts and five relief appearances, the lefty has held left-handed hitters to a .208 average and .508 OPS, allowing only one home run in 120 at-bats against those batters.

Update: General manager Neal Huntington spoke Sunday and said Johnson had "earned" his opportu...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.

He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.

James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It’s there that he promises to write in the first-person.

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