Why is Ryan Church Stealing Time From Lastings Milledge?

Over the past seven games, Ryan Church has made the start in right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates five times.    Church is currently hitting for a .186/.240/.321 line in 156 at-bats this season, while Lastings Milledge is hitting for a .271/.341/.377 line in 247 at-bats.  Neither player is running away with the starting job, but Milledge clearly is doing better, which raises the question as to why Church is stealing...

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Akinori Iwamura Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t find anyone to take Akinori Iwamura off their hands, which is interesting considering the Pirates were most likely looking at picking up the bulk of Iwamura’s salary, and have optioned Iwamura to AAA.  Iwamura will now have the choice of accepting the option and going to Indianapolis, or declining the option and becoming a free agent.  If Iwamura declines the option, he forfeits...

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Notes: Zach Duke, Jack Taschner, Draft Pick Rumors, Kevin Mort

Some notes from the last two days, plus some news items that I’ve mentioned on Twitter, but have yet to post to the site: -Zach Duke has a minor muscle strain near his left elbow, and will miss his next scheduled start on Tuesday.  Duke has struggled this year with a 5.49 ERA in 80.1 innings, which is his worst total since 2007 when he had a 5.53 ERA.  Duke has an 8.18 ERA in his last four starts, which probably would...

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Pedro Alvarez Called Up

The future has officially arrived in Pittsburgh.  Pedro Alvarez has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Colin Dunlap of the PPG.  There were some reports earlier today that Alvarez wouldn’t get the call until this weekend, and wouldn’t make his debut until Saturday.  Now it seems that the Pirates will go with a lineup that includes Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and...

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Pirates call up Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up top prospects Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata, both of which could make their debuts tonight.  Lincoln definitely will make his debut, as he is the scheduled starter against Washington. Lincoln was on fire in the month of May, with a 2.38 ERA in five starts for Indianapolis, spanning 34 innings, with a 31:4 K/BB ratio.  In his two most recent starts, Lincoln combined for 11 shutout innings,...

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