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Tigers vs. Pirates, 14 June 2009

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Dontrelle Willis vs. Ross Ohlendorf, 1:35 PM.

A couple of notes for a quiet day:

-P- Pedro Alvarez had two homers and seven RBIs yesterday against Kinston, and he now has 12 homers for the year. In the same game, Bryan Morris had his first win of the season, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out only two batters, however, and walked three.

-P- New acquisition Tyler Herron pitched well in his Altoona debut Friday, with three scoreless innings in relief. I hope he'll get the chance to start for the Curve; he's probably too young to give up on as a starter, and with the likes of Yoslan Herrera currently in Altoona's rotation, it's not like there isn't space for him.

-P- Sorry to continue beating this old drum, but what does Michael Dubee have to do to get a promotion? With 48 strikeouts, three walks, and three earned runs in 31 1/3 innings, it's clear that continuing to subject Carolina League batters to him is just sadistic. If he has things to learn, it's hard to see how he's going to learn them if he keeps dominating this thoroughly.

-P- The Bucs hit two homers yesterday? Crazy.

-P- Charlie Morton might miss his next start with hamstring issues, but he probably won't miss much more than that.

-P- Manny Acta will be replaced as the Nats' manager by Jim Riggleman, Ken Rosenthal reports. It's too bad; Acta always seemed like a more creative and forward-thinking manager than most of his peers. I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up getting another chance with a better organization, and it'll be interesting to see what he's able to do if he gets some better players to work with.