April 26, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


HOUSTON ASTROS (9-11) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (9-10)
APRIL 26, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #20, HOME #7
LHP WANDY RODRIGUEZ (0-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. RHP TONY ARMAS (0-2, 18.90 ERA)
12:35 EDT No TV


TODAYS STARTER:
TONY ARMAS:
The 28-year-old righthander (turns 29 on April 29) is making his third start of the 2007 season this afternoon.
LAST START:
Tony allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings and lost a 10-2 decision to Los Angeles’ Randy Wolf Friday night at Dodger Stadium...Tony took the mound with a 1-0 lead before the Dodgers scored twice in the first to make it 2-1...Two innings later, LA scored six times while sending 10 batters to the plate.
PIRATES DEBUT:
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.
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. HOUSTON:
2007:
Is making his first appearance today.
CAREER:
3-2 with a 3.69 ERA (39.0ip/16er) in seven starts...He is 3-1 in his last five starts against Houston...He has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his seven career starts...He last faced the Astros on 5/25/06 and won an 8-5 decision (5.1ip/4er) at RFK Stadium...His other two wins came on 5/1/02 at Minute
Maid Park and on 7/23/05 at RFK.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander will be making his fifth start of the season tomorrow night. ...He surrendered two runs in 7.0 innings and was in line for the win in Los Angeles last Saturday, but received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 7-3, 10-inning loss...Has been charged with two runs or less in all four of his starts...Won lone game on 4/16 at St. Louis...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.
vs. CINCINNATI:
1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (18.0ip/9er) in three career starts, all coming in 2006...He allowed one run in 7.0 innings of work and won a 7-3 decision over Chris Michalak at GABP on 8/18 and lost a 9-1 decision (6.0ip/4er) to Kyle Lohse at GABP on 9/8.

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TEAM NOTES:
Due to the fact that their game was rained out on Jackie Robinson Day (Sunday, April 15), the entire Pirates team will honor the Dodgers legend by wearing uniform #42 during Friday’s game against the Reds.

ON THE D.L.:
Catcher Humberto Cota (left shoulder strain - eligible on 5/8) is on the 15-day disabled list.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Friday vs. Cincinnati 7:05 LHP Eric Milton (0-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Snell (1-1, 2.00 ERA) FSNP
Saturday vs. Cincinnati 7:05 RHP Matt Belisle (2-1, 4.43 ERA) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (3-0, 2.05 ERA) NO TV
Sunday vs. Cincinnati 1:35 RHP Aaron Harang (3-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (1-2, 3.96 ERA) FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has hit safely in 12 straight games and has reached base safely in 18 of the first 19 games overall.

Jason Bay - Has gone 11-for-33 with three doubles, a triple, home run, six RBI and three runs scored in his last 8 games.

Jose Castillo - Batted .290 (76-for-262) and hit 10 of his 14 home runs at PNC Park last season.

Humberto Cota - Placed on 15 day DL - eligible on 5/8

Ryan Doumit - Was recalled today from Indianapolis...Was named International League Batter-of-Week for week of 4/16-22.

Chris Duffy - Went 3-for-6 with a walk and stolen base in 16-inning marathon Wednesday night vs. Houston.

Brad Eldred - Snapped an 0-for-17 streak with a solo home run Wednesday off Houston’s Matt Albers.

Don Kelly - Struck out in pinch hit appearance Wednesday...Singled as a pinch hitter Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Adam LaRoche - Had a walkoff single in Wednesday’s 16-inning marathon vs. Houston (snapped 0-for-18 streak at PNC Park).

Nate McLouth - Went 0-for-4 off the bench Wednesday vs. Houston...Has gone 3-for-8 as a pinch hitter this season.

Xavier Nady - Has seven RBI in his last six games...Left Saturday’s game with a left hamstring strain (is day-to-day).

Ronny Paulino - Has thrown out seven of the 11 runners attempting to steal against him.

Freddy Sanchez - Has reached base safely in nine of his 12 games...Missed Wednesday’s game with right eye irritation.

Jack Wilson - Has started all 19 games at shortstop...Is 6-for-16 with a double, RBI and 5 runs scored in last three games.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Worked 0.2 scoreless innings Wednesday vs. Houston...Picked up first win of season on 4/3 in Houston.

Matt Capps - Tossed a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday evening vs. Houston...Allowed his two inherited runners to score Sunday in LA.

Shawn Chacon - Tossed a career-high tying 4.0 innings of relief Wednesday night vs. Houston (also tossed 4.0 innings of relief on 4/13/07 vs. SF).

John Grabow - Retired each of the two batters he faced and stranded his two inherited runners Wednesday vs. Houston.

Damaso Marte - Retired the only batter he faced Wednesday vs. Houston...Stranded his two inherited runners Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Salomon Torres - Suffered third blown save Wednesday vs. Houston...Picked up sixth save on Sunday...Suffered second blown save Saturday in LA.

John Wasdin - Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to pick up the win in Pittsburgh’s 4-3, 16-inning victory Wednesday night vs. Houston.

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