The battle for number two

Tomorrow’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, two teams with seemingly nothing to play for, will actually have some meaning. The Pirates are three percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles as the second worst team in the majors. The Washington Nationals have clinched the worst record in the majors, and the number one pick in the 2009 draft. That means a loss by the Pirates tomorrow, or a win by the...

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Pirates Notebook: No need to call Clement up

Jeff Clement has gotten off to a great start with the Indianapolis Indians, batting for a .343/.439/.800 line with five homers in 35 at-bats in his first nine games since coming over in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal. That gives Clement a .292/.372/.531 line in 407 AAA at-bats this season, with 19 homers. Clement was the top prospect in Seattle in 2006 and 2008, falling to number two on the list in 2007 due to Adam Jones taking over...

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