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North Shore Notes 6/28: Pirates v. Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates (48-30) return to PNC Park tonight from a nine-game road trip that saw the Buccos split a four-game set in Cincinnati and pick up a three-game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels and a two-game sweep at the expense of the Seattle Mariners. Tonight, the Pirates begin a three-game weekend set against the Milwaukee Brewers (32-45),

–The 7-2 record posted by the Pirates on the road trip pushed their record to 48-30 and a season-best 18 games over .500. The mark also represents the first time since 1992 that Pittsburgh is 18 games over .500.

–Gerrit Cole (3-0, 3.44 ERA) makes his fourth major-league start tonight opposite Johnny Hellweg, who makes his major-league debut for the Brewers. Cole’s last start in Anaheim saw him pick up his third win in as many starts while allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six and one-third innings pitched.

Cole’s win made him the first Pirate pitcher since Jim Nelson in 1970 to win his first three starts. If Cole earns a victory tonight, he would become the first Pirate to begin his MLB career with wins in his first four games/starts since Nick Maddox in 1907.

–This afternoon, the Pirates came to terms with their first selection in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, No. 9 pick Austin Meadows. Meadows was an outfielder out of Grayson High School in Georgia and ranked as the third-best position player and fifth-best player available overall by Baseball America.

The publication also named Meadows as the “Best Athlete”, having the “Best Strike Zone Judgment”, the second-best “Pure Hitter”, and the “Closest Player to the Majors” among all high school players.

“We are excited to add Austin to our already talented minor league system and for him to begin his professional career,” Pirates Director of Scouting Joe DelliCarri said. “He is a talented young man who comes from a very strong family.”

Meadows is the 19th player signed by the Pirates out of the 2013 Draft, and will begin his career playing with the Gulf Coast League Pirates.

–On the rehab front, James McDonald suffered yet another set-back in his road to recovery as the Pirates recalled him to Pittsburgh but will not remove him from the 15-day disabled list as J-Mac still suffers from soreness in his shoulder.  

Lineups

Pirates

1. Starling Marte LF

2. Russell Martin C

3. Andrew McCutchen CF

4. Garrett Jones 1B

5. Pedro Alvarez 3B

6. Neil Walker 2B

7. Travis Snider RF

8. Jordy Mercer SS

9. Gerrit Cole P

Brewers

1. Nori Aoki RF

2. Jean Segura SS

3. Carlos Gomez CF

4. Aramis Ramirez 3B

5. Jonathan Lucroy C

6. Juan Francisco 1B

7. Rickie Weeks 2B

8. Logan Schafer LF

9. Johnny Hellweg P

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