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Pirates Report: 9/3/00

Sunday, September 03, 2000

By Paul Meyer, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Notebook

Pirates at Padres, 4:05 p.m. today, Qualcomm Park, San Diego. TV: Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh; Radio: KDKA-AM (1020) and the Pirates Radio Network.

Left-hander Chris Peters won't start one of the games in Friday's makeup doubleheader with Cincinnati after all. He was scratched from his start for Class AAA Nashville last night because of recurring trouble with a bone spur in his left elbow. It's likely Peters will have surgery to remove the spur, and he probably won't pitch for the Pirates again this season. "I wish he could start," Manager Gene Lamont said. "I still think he has a chance to be a pretty good starter, but he needs to get [his elbow] fixed." Todd Ritchie will start one of the games Friday "and obviously somebody will start the other game," Lamont said. That could be Kris Benson. However, the Pirates will need a sixth starter for a game in the next homestand -- for sure for the game against St. Louis Sept. 12. Left-hander Brian O'Connor, now with Nashville, and right-hander Bronson Arroyo, with the Pirates, are candidates to be that sixth starter.

Pat Meares, mired in a 6-for-49 slump over his past 16 games, almost hit plate umpire Chuck Meriwether with his bat in the eighth inning Friday night. Meares was walked intentionally and tried to flip the bat toward the dugout casually. However, there was so much pine tar on his batting gloves that the bat stuck in his hand a moment too long, went straight into the air and almost landed on Meriwether's head and the helmet of catcher Wiki Gonzalez. "All I could say was 'Heads up!' " Meares said. "They both flinched and I took off for first base."

Not much change in the conditions of the Pirates' injured triad of Kevin Young, Enrique Wilson and Mike Benjamin. Young is hobbling worse than ever with his strained groin and could miss all three games in Los Angeles this week. Benjamin, out since Aug. 21 with low back pain, could play tomorrow at the earliest. Same with Wilson, who has a sprained right ankle. Wilson likely has the best chance to play before the other two.

Right-hander Adam Eaton, scheduled to start for the Padres today, has experienced elbow stiffness in his previous two starts. After yielding four runs in four starts, he was charged with five runs in four innings in Chicago Tuesday.

The Pirates' win Friday night ended a streak of 17 consecutive losses in games in which they scored three runs or less. ... That victory gave the Pirates another opportunity last night to win back-to-back road games for the first time since July 4-5 in Chicago. ... Jason Kendall entered last night's game needing one stolen base to become the first catcher in major-league history to steal at least 20 bases in three consecutive seasons. Kendall had 26 stolen bases in 1998, which established a National League record for catchers, and 22 last year.

MINOR-LEAGUE REPORT
FRIDAY'S RESULTS

NASHVILLE (62-77) beat New Orleans, 7-0. Starter Jose Parra (6-5) allowed four hits and three walks in seven innings. SS Luis Figueroa had three hits, including his second home run, and three RBIs. LF Chad Hermansen hit his 10th and 11th home runs. RF Brent Brede had three hits.

ALTOONA (74-65) beat Akron, 3-2, in 10 innings. Starter Aaron France allowed five hits, a walk and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. Brian Smith (3-3) won in relief. 2B Rob Mackowiak had three hits and three RBIs. LF Jayson Bass had two hits and an RBI.

LYNCHBURG (66-72) beat Frederick, 2-1. Starter Geraldo Padua allowed four hits and a run in six innings. Clint Chrysler got his 14th save. 3B Luis Lorenzana had three hits. RF J.J. Davis had two hits.

HICKORY (74-64) lost at Augusta, 14-1. Starter Jeff Bennett (10-13) allowed 14 hits, a walk and nine earned runs in six innings. LF Tony Alvarez had two hits. DH Jovanny Sosa had a single and an RBI.

WILLIAMSPORT (28-39) lost at Batavia, 8-0. Starter Ender Classen (2-3) allowed six hits, four walks and five earned runs in four innings. CF Jorjanis Chourio had three hits.



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