07/01/10 10:59 PM ET
Seasoned Moyer set to face young Bucs
By Chris Hempson / MLB.com
The 47-year-old Moyer became the 40th pitcher in baseball history to throw 4,000 or more innings in a career in his last start, Sunday against the Blue Jays. He also allowed the 506th homer of his career, an all-time record and a dubious distinction that Moyer wants no part of.
But regardless, he does bring 267 career wins into Friday's clash.
Ohlendorf has 12 wins during four big league seasons and is still looking for his first win of the year. The righty hasn't won in 11 starts this year, though he didn't allow an earned run in his latest outing. He has had a bit of bad luck in that regard, but if he can avoid surrendering the big run innings, he should be fine.
Ohlendorf's struggles are indicative of the Pirates as a whole -- especially during the month of the June in which they won just six games. The only Pittsburgh club to have a worse June record was the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, who went 4-20.
Still, manager John Russell is optimistic that improvement can happen, thanks to all of the team's recent callups.
"It's a little different, younger," Russell said. "We got some really excited, talented players here that are doing some good things already, so it's fun to watch, but there is some development still left and we're going to continue that. But it is, it's a lot different than what we had, but this is again the group that we are very excited to move forward with, and I think they're going to do some very good things for our club this year and for many, many years to come.
"That's the exciting thing about it. It's fun watching them play. It's fun watching them develop. They've made some mistakes already. They'll probably make a couple more here and there, but for the most part, the talent that they have and what they bring to the table outweighs that. They're going to be very good players for us, and we've seen very good signs of that and glimpse of some things we can do on the field because of them, so it's a different lineup, but in my opinion, it's a more fun lineup and it's something we can really grow with."
Phillies: Injuries piling up
The list has been long and filled with Phillies stars. It's a list manager Charlie Manuel surely can't like, but which has included -- and still does for some -- the likes of Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco at various points throughout the season.
Add Chase Utley to it now.
The star second baseman had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He'll miss approximately eight weeks and will join six other Phillies already on the disabled list.
"We'll find a way," Rollins said before Thursday's game against the Pirates at PNC Park. "We're not going anywhere. No one in this clubhouse is going to fold. No one is going to feel sorry in this clubhouse. We dang sure know they're not going to feel sorry for us outside this clubhouse. They still have to knock us off, and they're out there trying to do it, but we'll keep fighting to hold on."
Pirates: Bucs enjoying lefty luck
12-12 is not a great record, by any means. But the Pirates -- as most would -- will surely take it. That win-loss distinction is Pittsburgh's record in which the opposition starts a left-hander. At PNC Park, the Pirates are 6-6.
The team didn't have enormous success against Phillies starter Cole Hamels on Thursday. But Pittsburgh did just enough to scrape out a 3-2 win. Hamels completed seven innings while allowing five hits and three runs.
It was the third straight game the Pirates had faced a left-handed starter, and that number will increase to four on Friday when they face Moyer.
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez batted second on Thursday, the first time in his 14-game career that he wasn't in the six-hole. ... Bucs infielder Neil Walker hopes to play Saturday after suffering a concussion in a collision with Ryan Church last Friday. ... The Phillies are 12-6 against National League Central teams this year.
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