Also from the Post-Gazette is a good report on Charlie Morton's struggles last night. I didn't see the whole game, but the P-G's reporting is pretty consistent with the chunk of the game I did see, in which Morton obviously had nasty stuff but kept putting his pitches in the wrong places. Meanwhile, the Bucs' offense got steamrolled by Rodrigo Lopez, who I did not even realize was still playing baseball until he turned up on the schedule a few days ago. Oh well.
By the way, just a quick word on the gamethreads. At the requests of a couple of you, I'm going to try expanding them to 250-300 comments before we go to the overflow. Sometimes I won't be able to be there to make a new thread, and I appreciate your efforts to create an overflow in the FanPosts or the FanShots when I'm not around, so thanks. I'm going to try to remove overflows from the front page after the game ends from now on, just so there's more actual front-page content.
Morning links: A little more on Forbes - PBC Blog - post-gazette.com
Forbes says the Bob Nutting will sell the team; Dejan Kovacevic chuckles. Not really being too interested in the business community, Forbes only ever enters my orbit when they say something about baseball and inevitably, just about every informed baseball writer says that their reporting is baseless. It's a strange way to build a reputation.
After homering in his first Class AAA game on Thursday, Pedro Alvarez added two more in his second game on Friday. Brad Lincoln did allow seven runs, however.
It was another nice night for the prospect-laden Bradenton Marauders, who got another homer by Jeremy Farrell, two doubles from Tony Sanchez and a good first start from Jeff Locke.
In other minor league news, the West Virginia Power did not fare so well last night, generating almost no offense against Savannah, although Nate Baker struck out seven batters in his Power debut. (He also allowed four runs, but I'm guessing the strikeouts will turn out to be more important going forward. He's a decent bet to move through the South Atlantic League pretty quickly.) Tim Alderson makes his 2010 debut in Altoona tonight.