April 20, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (6-8) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-5)
APRIL 20, 2007 AT DODGER STADIUM --- GAME #15, ROAD #11
RHP TONY ARMAS (0-1, 13.50 ERA) vs. LHP RANDY WOLF (2-1, 4.00 ERA)
7:40 PDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
TONY ARMAS:
The 28-year-old righthander (turns 29 on April 29) is making his second start of the 2007 season tonight...He was in line to pitch game two of Pittsburgh’s doubleheader against San Francisco last Sunday but both games were postponed due to rain.
LAST START:
Tony’s first appearance in a Pittsburgh uniform came in 30-degree weather on April 7...He was spotted a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but surrendered three in the bottom of the frame and also lost a 5-4 lead in the 4th while losing a 7-5 decision to Aaron Harang.
IN SPRING TRAINING:
Armas went 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances (five starts)...He ranked second on the staff behind Tom Gorzelanny (26.0) with 24.1 innings pitched and second behind Ian Snell (3-0) in victories.
CHANGE OF SCENERY:
Tony spent the first eight years of his big-league career pitching with the Montreal/Washington organization...He made his major league debut with the Expos on 8/16/99 at San Francisco and went 9-12 with a 5.03 ERA in 30 starts with the Nationals last season.
2006 SEASON:
Armas made 30 starts with Washington a year ago, his second-highest start total since making a career-high 34 with Montreal in 2001...He won five straight decisions from April 18 thru May 25, one victory shy of his career-high winning streak set in 2001...Tony also made two rehab starts while spending time on the disabled list with a right forearm strain from June 23 to July 17.
ARMAS vs. LOS ANGELES:
2006:
0-1 with an 18.00 ERA (3.0ip/6er) in one start...He lost a 13-1 decision against Chad Billingsley at Dodger Stadium on 7/28.
CAREER:
2-2 with a 5.16 ERA (29.2ip/17er) in six career starts...He tossed 7.0 shutout innings and struck out eight batters while winning a 3-1 decision against Eric Gagne on 7/28/01 with the Expos...His other win came on 8/3/05...His other loss came on 5/17/02 at Dodger Stadium...He allowed six runs in 5.2 innings and lost an 8-5 decision against Hideo Nomo.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander will be making his fourth start of the season tomorrow evening...He won a 3-2 decision (7.0ip/1r/1er) over St. Louis’ Anthony Reyes in his last start Monday at Busch Stadium...Whiffed a career-high 11 batters but had a no-decision (6.0ip/2r) in 2007 debut on 4/3 in Houston...Allowed just one run in 7.0 innings vs. St. Louis in Pirates Home Opener on 4/9 but took the loss in 3-0 shutout...Went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA (21.0ip/7er) in six Grapefruit League outings, leading the club in wins and strikeouts (24).
vs. LOS ANGELES:
1-0 with a 5.73 ERA (11.0ip/7er) in two starts in 2006...He received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 7-6 win @PNC Park on 4/11 (5.0ip/6er) and won a 10-6 decision @Dodger Stadium on 9/19 (6.0ip/1er)...He is 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA (18.0ip/15er) in 4 career appearances (three starts).

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TEAM NOTES:
  • Bucco outfielder Xavier Nady hit his third third home run of the season while also driving in three runs in yesterday’s game at Milwaukee...Nady opened the 2007 campaign by going deep in his first two games at Houston...He enters tonight’s action with a total of 16 career home runs during the month of April, which is the most during any month of his career.
  • Pittsburgh’s bullpen enters tonight’s game with a 2.31 ERA (46.2ip/12er), which ranks fourth among all major league clubs behind the New York Mets (1.51), San Diego Padres (2.15) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2.28)...Yesterday in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh’s relievers scattered two hits over 4.0 scoreless innings of work.

ON THE D.L.:
Pitcher John Grabow (left elbow irritation - eligible on 4/7) is on the 15-day disabled list...He is currently with Triple-A Indianapolis on a rehab assignment...He made his third rehab appearance on Thursday at Norfolk and allowed one run in 1.0 inning of relief (2h/1r/1er/1bb/2so)...He threw a total of 25 pitches on Thursday (15 strikes).

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Saturday at Los Angeles 7:10 RHP Ian Snell (1-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP Brad Penny (3-0, 0.89 ERA) FSNP
Sunday at Los Angeles 1:10 LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-0, 1.33 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Tomko (0-0, 1.64 ERA) FSNP
Monday OFF DAY IN PITTSBURGH

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has hit safely in seven straight games and has reached base safely in 13 of the first 14 games overall.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and in 10 of his 14 overall.

Jose Castillo - Started each of the first four games at second base...Grounded out in pinch hit appearance on Thursday

Humberto Cota - Made third start/appearance on Thursday in Milwaukee and went 0-for-2 with an RBI on a sac fly.

Chris Duffy - Went 2-for-5 Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee...Hit first home run on 4/13 off San Francisco’s Russ Ortiz.

Brad Eldred - Struck out as a pinch hitter on Thursday at Milwaukee..Made last start (1B) on 4/11 vs. St. Louis.

Don Kelly - Went 0-for-1 with a hit by pitch off bench Thursday...Flied out to right field in pinch hit appearance Wednesday.

Adam LaRoche - Has started 13 of the first 14 games at first base (sat out April 11 contest with a stiff back).

Nate McLouth - Flied out to center field in pinch hit appearance Thursday in Milwaukee.

Xavier Nady - Went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI on Thursday...Has six RBI in his last four games.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 11 of the first 14 games at catcher (did not start on 4/19, 4/11 and on 4/7).

Freddy Sanchez - Has reached base safely in six of his eight games played...Went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Thursday.

Jack Wilson - Has started all 14 games at shortstop...Went 1-for-3 Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Worked 0.2 scoreless innings Thursday in Milwaukee...Has allowed just four hits (6.2ip) in his eight appearances.

Matt Capps - Tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning Thursday in Milwaukee...Struck out two of the three batters he faced Tuesday in St. Louis.

Shawn Chacon - Worked 2.0 scoreless innings Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Damaso Marte - Allowed each of his two inherited runners to score in 0.2 innings on Wednesday...Has not allowed a run in his seven appearances.

Juan Perez - Faced two batters in 0.1 scoreless inning of work Thursday in Milwaukee...Has made a total of eight appearances.

Salomon Torres - Has earned a save in five of club’s six wins...Picked up fifth save with a scoreless ninth inning Monday in St. Louis.

John Wasdin - Has been scored upon in each of his last three outings (2.1ip/5r)...Allowed two runs Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

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