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In the midst of the Pirates' mind-blowing 19th consecutive loss at Milwaukee last night, manager John Russell benched catcher Ryan Doumit after 4 1/2 innings. Details on the incident are somewhat vague, but at the very least there appears to be a bit of legs to this rift, hence Doumit's absence from tonight's starting lineup.

The 28-year old oft-injured catcher, who's never played more than 116 games in a season, was hitting .219 with 8 HR and 26 RBI in 49 games this season. He will be replaced in the lineup by Jason Jaramillo, who promises to be on his best behavior.

Early web speculation of the incident has centered around Doumit's continued dislike of the Pirates' trading flurry this year, but if that's truly the case, it's truly pathetic. If Doumit is yearning to get out of Pittsburgh, causing a distraction is not a good way to enhance your trade value. Ask Brandon Marshall.

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