Shane Victorino making progress
Lyle Overbay hoping to stick around
With Mark Teixeira set to return from the disabled list in the coming weeks,
Starling Marte holding steady above .300
Marte reached on an infield single in the first inning and promptly stole second, his 11th steal of the season. He came around to score on a single by Andrew McCutchen, the first of two runs he would score in the first two innings.
He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base, as the Pirates won, 4-2. He is hitting .310 on the season.
Jered Weaver to return next week if bullpen session goes well
Weaver struck out nine while allowing one run in a start during extended spring training Wednesday. He's made just two starts for the Angels this season, allowing six earned runs in 11 innings.
Andrew McCutchen racking up multi-hit games
McCutchen went 3 for 4 with two runs driven in and one run scored, in a 4-2 win. All three of his hits were singles, but he added a pair of stolen bases, giving him 12 on the season on 13 attempts.
McCutchen has batting .462 over the last six days, raising his batting average from .260 to .291.
Jason Grilli perfect for save No. 19
Grilli induced a fly ball out on the first batter he faced, and then set down the next two on strikes to preserve a 4-2 win. Grilli needed just 14 pitches to end his outing and lower his ERA to 1.25.
Grilli has a league-leading 19 saves in 19 appearances, to go along with his sterling ERA. He has struck out 34 batters and walked just five in 21 2/3 innings.
Taylor Teagarden to begin live BP
Rain shortens Jeanmar Gomez's solid start
Gomez held the Cubs to just one run on three hits, but his outing ended after just 56 pitches, thanks to a one hour, 47-minute rain delay. The Pirates won, 4-2.
Gomez struck out two batters and walked none, while racking up nine groundball outs and just one fly ball in 3 2/3 innings. Gomez has a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings, and is expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Tigers.
Velocity down for Brett Myers in rehab start
Manager Terry Francona said Thursday that starting pitcher
Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season.
Wilson Betemit will resume baseball activities next week