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--The Pirates were brought back to reality last night by Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees in a 10-0 thumping in front of 38,952 at PNC Park.

The Bombers were led by Bob Abreu's productive, three-hit, 4-RBI evening, which included his 10th home run of the campaign. The Yanks also got a 3-3 performance from overrated Derek Jeter, and 6 2/3 shutout innings from Chamberlain.

On the Bucco side of the ledger, Jack Wilson balanced his perfect night at the plate with two errors; only two other Pirate starters managed a hit. Zach Duke was touched for seven hits and four runs in five innings of work.

The 37-41 Pirates and 42-36 Yankees meet at PNC in a rubber match tonight at 7:05. Mike Mussina (10-5, 3.93) and Paul Maholm (5-5, 4.41) are your hurlers.

A few other Pirate-related news bits:

--Greatest jersey ever? From the Maximum Grilled Pirates message board user "Jeff King":

--John Challis, the Freedom teenager whose battle with cancer has been widely publicized, was at the game last night. Besides meeting Derek Jeter, he gave a speech to the Pirates' players and staff (which got a standing ovation), talked hunting with Adam LaRoche, and sat in John Russell's chair.

--Former Bucco Shawn Chacon made headlines for his Latrell Sprewell-style choking of Astros GM Ed Wade last night. It's the most fight he's shown in years.

--Pirates GM Neal Huntington swung a deal with the Tigers, landing hard-throwing reliever Denny Bautista in exchange for Class-A reliever Kyle Pearson. Bautista will join the team immediately, which means either Sean Burnett, Francisco Osoria or T.J. Beam will be packing their bags.

Bautista has been clocked as high as 99 MPH; he also has a career ERA of 6.42 and is coming off of a month missed due to tendonitis.

--Ryan Doumit's dad Peter Doumit wrote a book (What I Know about Baseball Is What I Know about Life ...) which they will both be signing tomorrow (the 27th) at the Barnes and Noble at South Hills Village.

--Fresno State won the College World Series last night, and they did it behind Pirate 5th-round draft pick Justin Wilson, who threw eight innings, walking one and striking out nine in the longest effort by any pitcher in the 2008 College World Series. By the way...he did it on three days' rest.


HotDog_Zanzabar said...

Justin Wilson threw a 'Brad Lincoln' number of pitches last night.

Adam said...

You can't get "touched up" if the defense is booting the ball behind you.

AJ said...

The more I see that John Callis kid, the more he impresses me. He was as cool as the other side of the pillow in the broadcast booth last night.

Anonymous said...

The Buccos really bother me.

I live in NYC and despise the Yankees. Watching the Buccos have their way with the Bombers on TUE night was fantastic. teh stadium was packed. The team was stroking the ball. Even the uniforms looked great!

One day. ONE DAY maybe the Buccos will once again be competitive. Until that day, I'll remain bitter.

tbart213 said...

great to see him throwing so many inninigs. Can we just schedule his shoulder surgery.

Anonymous said...

WTF is C.I. Atmosphere?