-P- In Class AAA Altoona, Nerio Rodriguez has been suspended for 50 games for using some sort of performance enhancing drug. Jason Roach was called up from Altoona to replace him. A few weeks ago, the Pirates may have been thinking about calling Rodriguez up to Pittsburgh, but this and some lukewarm performances recently have killed those chances.
-P- Another nice outing for Paul Maholm today. Sorry I didn't get a game thread up. In case you're wondering why you see Yurendell DeCaster's name in the boxscore, it's because he's replacing Jose Bautista, who's on bereavement leave. If you're wondering why Jose Hernandez just pinch-hit for Craig Wilson with the game on the line, well, so am I.
-P- Jason Bay has been hitting well since Jim Tracy moved him to sixth in the order. So, the latter must have caused the former, right?
"I don't really think it did anything other than the fact that it was a little bit of a story. It was just the one day," Bay said. "It was just coincidental. All of the sudden since then, things have gone pretty well. And if that's the reason, then that's fine, but I really don't think it was that big of a deal."
-P- It doesn't sound like Joe Randa is anywhere near ready to return.