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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Notes: Neil Walker Injury, Steven Jackson, Daniel McCutchen

A few notes before the game tonight… -Neil Walker has a concussion from his collision with Ryan Church yesterday.  Walker will at least miss the rest of the Oakland series, but nothing beyond those two games has been confirmed.  The Pirates are starting Bobby Crosby at second base tonight, with Ronny Cedeno starting at shortstop. -The Pirates have officially called up Daniel McCutchen to make the start tonight, which...

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Walker out at least two games with concussion

Neil Walker will miss at least two games with a concussion he sustained last night in a collision with Ryan Church.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Game 73 Recap

A note to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ accountants: For accounting purposes, the $1.5 M that the Pittsburgh Pirates are giving to Ryan Church for the 2010 season can not be written off as part of the cost to sign 2011 first overall pick Anthony Rendon.  Instead, it should be filed under “Recruiting Expenses”.  Note that the “Recruiting Expenses” budget does have room for the extra $1.32 M...

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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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