06/18/10 8:13 PM ET
Pirates hope to turn tables on Indians
By John Barone / MLB.com
Even at the expense of the Pirates.
Cleveland's 4-3 victory at PNC Park on Friday night snapped a four-game losing streak and extended Pittsburgh's skid to 12 games, the Pirates' longest stretch of winless futility since 2006.
Pirates manager John Russell had hoped a visit from the Indians would propel his club back to winning ways.
So far, not so good.
"It's one of those situations where, if we can get the ball to bounce our way or get that big hit, it will kind of open things up and let them relax and have some fun," Russell said. "We're trying to push everything behind us. This is a clean start, a new series.
"We just need to go out, execute and play well. Good things can happen when you start doing that."
But manager Manny Acta's Indians won't be throwing any pity parties for the Pirates this weekend. Frankly, Cleveland doesn't view itself as a clear superior to the Pirates.
"We had our own four-game losing streak going," Acta said. "At some point they had to be playing well, because they have lost  in a row and we only have [three] more wins than they do," Acta said. "We just want to win and get back into a nice groove.
"We know that anybody can beat anybody on any given day. Those guys are talented, too."
David Huff will start for Cleveland on Saturday. He allowed six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings last time out against the Nationals. Jeff Karstens will start for Pittsburgh. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings last time out against Detroit.
Indians: Organization leads in Minor League wins
Cleveland's player development system ranks second among Major League organizations with a 160-119 record, trailing only San Francisco. ... Reliever Frank Herrmann has tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings over seven appearances since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on June 4. ... Fifteen of the Indians' 26 wins this season have been comeback victories.
Pirates: Ceremony will honor 1960 team on Saturday
The Pirates will honor the 50th anniversary of their 1960 World Series championship team Saturday in a pregame ceremony at PNC Park. Former players expected to attend include Joe Christopher, ElRoy Face, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Bob Oldis, Dick Schofield and Bob Skinner. ... Right-hander Evan Meek's 0.70 ERA leads Major League relievers who have logged at least 30 innings this season. ... First baseman Steve Pearce, on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain, went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in a rehab appearance for Class A Bradenton on Thursday.
The Indians on Friday traded Minor League catcher Adam Davis to the Pirates for cash considerations. Davis hit a combined .216 (21-for-97) with three home runs and eight RBIs in 31 games between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron. ... Pittsburgh has won nine of its past 12 home games against Cleveland. ... The Tribe has not won a series in the Steel City since 1997.
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