(photo by John Lembo) - Yeah, it's a McKechnie Field day all right, as Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones have homered for the Pirates and Travis Snider has added one for the Blue Jays. It's 4-4 here heading into the seventh inning.
- The picture on the top of the blog was taken yesterday when the Yankees were in town. The bleachers today aren't nearly as crowded. But my wife needed the camera today so I had to pull a pic from my personal archive.
- Former Marauder Robbie Grossman has been busy during his first big-league camp. The Pirates' reigning Minor League Player of the Year appeared in all four games heading into today, and just pinch ran for Pedro Alvarez in the sixth.
- Jeff Karstens became the first Pirate to hit in a game this year and dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning. The Pirates are no longer using the DH after having one during the first four games.
- The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that second baseman Neil Walker was a late scratch today because of sore lower back. He could be out a few days. Josh Harrison started in his place.