May 1, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


CHICAGO CUBS (10-14) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (12-12)
MAY 1, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #25, HOME #12
LHP TED LILLY (2-2, 2.18 ERA) vs. RHP TONY ARMAS (0-2, 11.57 ERA)
7:05 EDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
TONY ARMAS:
The 29-year-old righthander is making his fourth start of the 2007 season this evening.
LAST START:
Tony allowed one run over 5.0 plus innings of work but had a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 win vs. Houston Thursday afternoon at PNC Park...The only run he allowed came in the first inning...Chris Burke led off with a double, advanced to third on Mark Loretta’s bunt base hit and scored on Lance Berkman’s sacrifice fly.
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.
HITTING HIS STRIDE:
Armas has hit safely in two of his three starts this season...He went 1-for-2 at the plate in his first start of the year at Cincinnati on April 7 and 1-for-1 at Los Angeles on April 20...He has a career average of .103 (25-for-243) with one double, one triple, nine RBI and six runs scored at the plate.
TROUBLE IN THE FIRST:
Tony has allowed at least one run in the first inning in his first three starts...In addition to his last outing, Armas allowed three runs in his first start of the year at Cincinnati on April 7...He also surrendered a pair of first inning runs in his April 20 game at Los Angeles.
LAST WIN:
Armas has gone four starts since picking up his last win, which came on September 24, 2006 against the Mets at Shea Stadium.
ARMAS vs. CHICAGO:
2006:
1-0 in one start...He allowed one run over 7.0 innings and won a 7-1 decision against Carlos Marmol at RFK on 7/23.
CAREER:
3-5 with a 4.19 ERA (53.2ip/25er) in 10 starts...He has won each of his last two starts against the Cubs since losing a 9-1 decision (3.0ip/7er) against Carlos Zambrano at Wrigley Field on 9/6/04...He lost his first four decisions against the Cubbies before winning for the first time on 4/10/03...He whiffed a career-high 11 batters in that contest.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander will be making his sixth start of the season tomorrow afternoon... Tossed 7.0 shutout innings and won a 3-1 decision over Cincinnati’s Eric Milton in his last start; Friday at PNC Park...Whiffed a career-high 11 batters but received 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...Has been charged with two runs or less in all five of his starts...Has not allowed a home run his last four starts (28.0ip).
vs. CHICAGO:
1-2 with a 6.20 ERA (24.2ip/17er) in five appearances (three starts)...Last year he
went 1-2 with an 8.64 ERA (16.2ip/16er) in three starts...His picked up his lone win on 8/28/06 after winning an 11-6 decision (5.2ip/5er) against Angel Guzman at PNC Park.

ALL-STAR VOTING:
Beginning tonight at PNC Park, fans will be able to vote for the players for this year’s All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 10...A total of eight Pirates are on this year’s ballot (Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Adam LaRoche, Jose Bautista, Chris Duffy, Xavier Nady and Ronny Paulino)...Voting at PNC Park will continue through June 17...Twenty-one million ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks and an additional 1.7 million ballots will be distributed to 95 Minor League Baseball Clubs that are in-season during the balloting period.

ALL-TIME RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE:
Vote on the All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove Team. Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski are on the ballot and need your support...Fans can continue to vote until June 19 at www.RawlingsGoldGlove.com.

TEAM NOTES:
The Bucs rank fourth among National League teams with a .986 fielding percentage...Only the Mets (10), Rockies (11) and Cubs (11) have made fewer errors than the Pirates (13)...In addition, the Corsairs have turned at least one double play in six of their last seven games (10 total)...They rank first among all National League teams with 31 twin-killings this season.

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

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Wednesday vs. Chicago 12:35 RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 2.35 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Snell (2-1, 1.59 ERA) NO TV
Thursday at Milwaukee 8:05 EDT LHP Tom Gorzelanny (3-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. RHP Dave Bush (2-2, 6.23 ERA) FSNP
Friday at Milwaukee 8:05 EDT LHP Paul Maholm (1-3, 5.28 ERA) vs. RHP Claudio Vargas (2-0, 3.68 ERA) FSNP
Saturday at Milwaukee 7:05 EDT LHP Zach Duke (1-2, 6.06 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Suppan (4-2, 2.55 ERA) FSNP
Sunday at Milwaukee 2:05 EDT RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 11.57 ERA + tonight) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (1-2, 4.50 ERA + tonight) FSNP
Monday OFF DAY IN CHICAGO

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored on Monday...Had career-high 12-game hitting streak from 4/10-25.

Jason Bay - Has gone 16-for-46 (.348) with 5 doubles, a triple, two homers, 11 RBI and 7 runs scored in his last 12 games.

Jose Castillo - Has four hits in his last 12 at bats (.333) after a 1-for-17 start to the season.

Ryan Doumit - Went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored on Monday...Has gone 5-for-7 in his last two games.

Chris Duffy - Has reached base safely in 20 of his 22 starts in center field.

Brad Eldred - Struck out in pinch hit appearance on Monday...Had second two-hit game of the season on Friday night.

Don Kelly - Grounded out as pinch hitter on Sunday...Singled as a pinch hitter in Los Angeles on 4/22.

Adam LaRoche - Has reached base safely in 18 of his 23 games...Has hit safely in six of his last eight games.

Nate McLouth - Has one hit in his last 14 at bats after going 5-for-9 in his first seven games.

Xavier Nady - Was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded Thursday afternoon vs. Houston...Has 8 RBI in his last 7 games.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 18 of the first 22 games at catcher...Has gone 4-for-10 in his last three games.

Freddy Sanchez - Had a pair of hits on Monday (his first multi-hit game since 4/16).

Jack Wilson - Has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 14-for-46 (.304) with 10 runs scored.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Entered the game with the bases loaded and retired the only Chicago batter he faced (Aramis Ramirez) Monday night.

Matt Capps - Tossed a scoreless inning and picked up the win Monday vs. Chicago - his 10th straight win dating back to last season.

Shawn Chacon - Allowed three runs in 3.0 innings of work Sunday afternoon vs. Cincinnati.

John Grabow - Tossed a scoreless eighth Sunday afternoon vs. Cincinnati.

Damaso Marte - Tossed a scoreless eighth inning Friday night vs. Cincinnati...Struck out the only Houston batter he faced Wednesday night.

Salomon Torres - Picked up his eighth save Monday night vs. Chicago...Leads all major league pitchers with 20 saves since September 1, 2006.

John Wasdin - Surrendered one run while tossing 2.0 innings in Buc’s 8-1 loss to the Reds Saturday night.

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