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Pirates Vs. Phillies, 26 June 2012

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June 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of an interleague game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
June 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of an interleague game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

"Can't tell the players without a program!" It might be a good night to be a vendor hawking programs in Philly.

As noted in the post below, the Pirates continue with their roster moves. What appeared to be a simple Sutton-for-Slaten swap has been complicated by last night's contusion to Rod Barajas' knee. The Pirates have made three moves in the last 24 hours and there are probably a couple more coming in the next day or two, but the reality is, other than Karstens, we are talking about the fringes of the roster, so the impact shouldn't be that big.

The Pirates played one of their worst games of the season last night, throwing the ball all over the yard and coming out on the short end of an 8-3 decision. Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13) will get the ball tonight and try to get the Bucs back on track against Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) at 7:05 at Citizens Bank Ballpark. Bedard has alternated bad and good starts his last six times out. He was good against Minnesota the last time out, so ...

Worley is 24 and was third in the ROY voting last year. I think he is really underrated. He went seven innings each of his last two starts and didn't give up more than five hits or two runs in either but got two losses. In his start against the Bucs in the season opening series he went: 6IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 5K, 1HR. Here is the Pitchf/x data from his last outing.

Tonight Presley sits against the righty:

Jose Tabata 7
Neil Walker 4
Andrew McCutchen 8
Garrett Jones 9
Casey McGehee 3
Pedro Alvarez 5
Clint Barmes 6
Michael McKenry 2
Erik Bedard 1

For the Phils:

Jimmy Rollins 6
Placido Polanco 5
Hunter Pence 9
Carlos Ruiz 2
Shane Victorino 8
Ty Wigginton 3
John Mayberry 7
Mike Fontenot 4
Vance Worley 1