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Pirates Pirates Report: 8/17/02

Saturday, August 17, 2002

By Robert Dvorchak, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

TODAY'S GAME

Brewers vs. Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. Radio: KDKA-AM (1020) and Pirates Radio Network. LHP Jimmy Osting (0-0) makes his debut for the Brewers, RHP Brian Meadows (0-3)

will start for the Pirates.

NOTEBOOK

Several Pirates, including Brian Giles and Jason Kendall, were surprised at comments some Steelers made this week in the Post-Gazette about baseball's labor negotiations and guaranteed contracts. Giles and Kendall are football fans, but they said they would never comment on football contracts or issues they don't know anything about. "We thought there was a fraternity among professional athletes," Kendall said. "If you don't know the ins and outs, it's hard to discuss somebody else's labor negotiations. We don't know what's going on with them, and they don't know what's going on with us. It's not our fault we get guaranteed contracts. We had people fight for us. My father was there before me. He went through three work stoppages when players were still bound by the reserve clause. Those guys did it for us. We're doing it for the Jack Wilsons, the Josh Foggs and the kids just taking up the game." Giles pointed out that the business surrounding both games is totally different. "Our economic system wouldn't work for them. Their economic system wouldn't work for us," Giles said. "Do you think Lee Flowers or any other Steeler player would turn down a guaranteed contract?"

Manager Lloyd McClendon said last night that Bronson Arroyo will start Sunday against the Brewers. Sean Lowe was ruled out because he has yet to spend the minimum 10 days in the minors as required under baseball rules.

About half the players were called in individually for meetings with McClendon before Thursday's game, and the Pirates held a team meeting after the 11-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "It was all positive. We covered a lot of different areas. Just checking the weather, making sure there are no thunderstorms on the horizon. The skies are very clear," McClendon said.

Pokey Reese will serve as honorary chairman of the Special Olympics softball tournament today at PNC Park. It is the fifth year the Pirates have played host to the tournament. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m., and games run from 9:30 to noon. Joining Reese in visiting with the athletes and signing autographs will be McClendon, Dave Clark, Tommy Sandt, Jeff Banister, Russ Nixon, Josh Fogg, Kip Wells, Mike Lincoln, Dave Williams, Jack Wilson, Mike Benjamin and Armando Rios.

Before last night's game, McClendon was asked if Reese's defense had gotten a little looser after the All-Star break or if fans had just gotten spoiled by his defensive skills. "We did get spoiled," McClendon said. "I think he's proven he's human. Pokey Reese is hands down the best second baseman in our league defensively. He's just tremendous."

Speaking of the release of Josias Manzanillo and the demotion of Jimmy Anderson to the bullpen, McClendon hinted that other changes might be in the offing. "We're committed to winning. We'll do what's necessary to get the right combination out there to get that done."

MINOR-LEAGUE REPORT
THURSDAY'S RESULTS

NASHVILLE (64-62) won, 7-2, at home vs. Portland. Starter Matt Guerrier (6-11) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk. RF Ryan Radmanovich had two hits and two RBIs. SS Mendy Lopez drove in two runs, and 2B Dave Post had a single and a double.

ALTOONA (65-59) lost, 13-6, at Reading. Staked to a four-run lead, starter Mike Gonzalez (5-4) went just one inning, allowing six runs on one hit and five walks. RF J.J. Davis had two doubles, reaching base safely in his 24th consecutive game.

LYNCHBURG (75-48) won, 9-4, at home vs. Winston-Salem. Mike Bumatay (5-1) lost in relief of Brandon Jacobsen, who allowed four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. 2B Ray Navarette had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. LF Josh Bonifay hit a three-run home run, and C Mike Lopez-Cao was 3 for 3 with two doubles.

HICKORY (74-48) had its game with Charleston, S.C., suspended in the seventh inning, trailing, 3-1.

WILLIAMSPORT (34-23) won, 10-4, at New Jersey. Starter Josh Shortlsef (7-4) gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings. SS Avelino Asprilla had two hits, including his second homer. DH Brad Eldred had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs, and LF Anthony Bocchino had three hits.

BRADENTON (35-15) had its game with the Orioles rained out.

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