08/30/09 5:23 PM ET
McCutchen to take hill in MLB debut
Pittsburgh (53-75) at Cincinnati (56-73), 1:10 p.m. ET
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
PIT: RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-0, -.-- ERA)
McCutchen will be summoned to make his Major League debut and start the first game of the Pirates' doubleheader against the Reds. Just last week, McCutchen had committed to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup tournament. However, McCutchen's deserving credentials prompted management to change its mind.
On Wednesday vs. the Brewers, Wells pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs and seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts during his first big league start since July 21, 2008, with the Rockies. Wells had runners on base in each of his first four innings, but kept putting zeroes on the board until the fifth when he gave up three runs on two home runs. Game 2:
PIT: LHP Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.59 ERA)
Maholm has had an up-and-down season, but he might be saving his best for last. In his past two starts, a win against the Brewers and a no-decision against the Phillies, he's looked more like pitcher who earned the Opening Day start than he has in a while. He gave up just two runs in 14 2/3 over those two starts. An even better sign is that he induced 25 ground-ball outs, showing perhaps that he's got his sinker working better than he has since the beginning of the season.
Cueto will be activated from the disabled list to make the start. He's been out with right shoulder inflammation. In his last start on Aug. 15, a 10-6 loss the Nationals, Cueto gave up seven earned runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. His record is 0-6 with a 10.64 ERA over his last eight starts.
Catcher Ryan Doumit and shortstop Ronny Cedeno both returned to the lineup on Sunday. Cedeno missed seven starts with a fractured right pinky finger, though he did go 3-for-4 as a pinch-hitter. Doumit had been benched mid-game on Friday and then sat out on Saturday before returning to the lineup. He was also moved back into his normal cleanup spot after having hit fifth in each of his starts since Aug. 18. ... The Pirates' games against Cincinnati on Monday are the first of 10 more scheduled contests between the two clubs before the end of the season. ... Steve Pearce enters Monday 8-for-23 with three doubles, one homer and six RBIs in his past six starts. He was out of the starting lineup on Sunday after making five straight starts.
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Tuesday: Pirates (Charlie Morton, 3-6, 5.00) at Reds (Justin Lehr, 3-1, 4.19), 7:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Pirates (Zach Duke, 10-12, 3.68) at Reds (Homer Bailey, 4-4, 6.04), 12:35 p.m. ET
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.