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Pirates Report: 8/29/00

Tuesday, August 29, 2000


Today's game: Giants vs. Pirates, 7:05 p.m., Three Rivers Stadium. No TV. Radio: KDKA-AM (1020) and the Pirates Radio Network. Kris Benson (8-11) for the Pirates; Livan Hernandez (13-9) will start for the Giants.

Peters set to pitch: Chris Peters was scheduled to throw 60 pitches for Class AAA Nashville last night. "I'm looking forward to getting back into competition -- period," Peters said. "And I'm looking forward to coming back here and making some starts in September." Peters, on the disabled list while he battles a bone spur in his left elbow, could become a member of a six-man starting rotation in September if he shows he's healthy and can throw his breaking ball for strikes. "My only concern is how my arm is going to hold up," said Peters, who hasn't pitched more than 3 1/3 innings in a Pirates game this year. "But having five or six days in between games should make a difference." Peters is scheduled to start again and throw 75 pitches Saturday for Nashville. Then he'd be on track to start a game against Cincinnati in the makeup doubleheader Sept. 8. "As long as I feel strong, this gives me a chance to show them something," said Peters, who has a $550,000 contract this season and who will be eligible for salary arbitration this winter. "They have some decisions to make. This is a chance for them to see something [from Peters] -- or not see something."

Talking contract: The Pirates have begun contract negotiations with broadcasters Greg Brown, Steve Blass and Bob Walk, whose contracts are scheduled to expire after this season. Lanny Frattare signed a three-year contract extension before this season began.

Pain in the back: Infielder Mike Benjamin hasn't been able to start a game since last Tuesday in St. Louis because of lingering low back pain. "It's never lasted this long," Benjamin said. "Usually, it's three days and it's gone. This time, for whatever reason, it hasn't gone away. I'm on new medication now. Hopefully, this will knock it out."

Root for the road team: One has to admit the hoopla over the past weekend surrounding Colorado's Todd Helton's bid to hit .400 this season didn't have near the electricity Mark McGwire generated here in late August two years ago. And it had nothing to do with the fact two of the three games were day games. "Still, it will be interesting to watch," Pirates Manager Gene Lamont said. "But it's something you'd just as soon not be part of. There could be times when you might have to walk him [intentionally] or just pitch him tough [down the stretch]. And even your home fans don't want him to walk." And the home fans booing Helton's walks and cheering his home runs or singles doesn't create a good atmosphere for the home team. "It makes it tough," Lamont said.

Filling in: First base coach Tommy Sandt had knee surgery yesterday, and bench coach Rick Renick will coach first in his stead for perhaps the next week.

Hot in August: Russ Ortiz, scheduled to start for San Francisco tomorrow night, was 5-10 with a 6.46 earned run average through July and in danger of losing his spot in the Giants' rotation. And his first inning of August against the Pirates Aug. 3 in San Francisco wasn't good. The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs. Ortiz, however, limited the damage to one run, picked up a 10-2 win that night and has gone on to have a spectacular August. A strong candidate for the National League Pitcher of the Month award, the right-hander is 5-0 in five starts with a 1.35 ERA. He has allowed 20 hits and five earned runs -- but 17 walks -- in 33 1/3 innings and hasn't yielded more than two earned runs in any of the five starts. This has raised his record to 10-10 and lowered his ERA to 5.34.

Remember him? Right-hander Brad Clontz, who pitched in five games in relief for the Pirates in April, could be among the team's callups in September. He had elbow surgery May 17.

Did you know? The last time the Pirates won a game in which they led throughout was Aug. 5 in San Francisco, a 7-2 victory in which they had a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning.

Sunday's results

NASHVILLE (59-75) won at Memphis, 7-5. Starter Jose Parra allowed three hits, a walk and three runs in three innings. Cory Bailey got his 12th save. 2B John Wehner hit a two-run home run, his 16th. SS Luis Figueroa had a double, his first home run and three RBIs. LF Ray Montgomery had two hits.

ALTOONA (70-64) won at Reading, 4-2, in 16 innings. Starter Aaron France allowed five hits, three walks and two runs in six innings. SS Jack Wilson had three hits. CF Darren Burton had two hits and an RBI.

LYNCHBURG (64-69) lost at Wilmington, 5-4. Starter Geraldo Padua (4-9) allowed eight hits, two walks and five runs in 52/3 innings. CF B.J. Barns had two hits and an RBI.

HICKORY (71-62) had the day off.

WILLIAMSPORT (26-37) lost to Jamestown, 6-5. Starter Jason Shelley allowed eight hits, a walk and four runs in five innings. C Ryan Doumit had two hits and two RBIs.

BRADENTON (34-26) has finished its season.

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