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By Tom Singer and Mark Emery / MLB.com
Barmes, Hurdle have company in 'Clint' club
PITTSBURGH -- Clint Barmes and Clint Hurdle have lost their distinction as the only two men named "Clint" in Major League uniforms. But the guy who busted up their monopoly -- Kansas City rookie first baseman Clint Robinson -- at least had the decency to do so by making a house-call.Robinson was called up from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals for the Interleague series opener on Friday, and made his big league debut that night as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter. Listening from his shortstop position as Robinson was introduced, Barmes' ears perked up. "Yeah, right away I heard we had company," Barmes said. "And all three of us are right here. How about that?" Since stuff like this is not part of the routine big league orientation, Robinson was surprised to hear of the select company he had joined -- especially given his experiences growing up in Missouri. "I didn't know that until you just told me," Robinson said prior to Sunday's finale of the PNC Park set. "Once it sinks in, it'll probably be more exciting. "I actually had three or four 'Clint' buddies growing up. We played the same [American] Legion ball and all that stuff together. It was always confusing. I had one that lived next door, one that played on the same Little League team as me, so I mean, I've been around quite a few." Robinson spent the weekend around two others.
"I guess I've got bragging rights."
-- Jason Grilli, on picking up his fourth career save on Sunday -- giving him one more than his father, Steve, had during a 1975-79 career as a reliever with the Tigers and the Blue Jays.
Pedro Alvarez was out of Sunday's lineup, when lefty Bruce Chen started for the Royals, but Hurdle gave no indication he's toying with the idea of again resting him against lefties. It had more to do with giving playing time to a trio (Casey McGehee, who started at third, Matt Hague and Josh Harrison) that hadn't had many at-bats of late. In the Pirates' first road Interleague series, Hurdle used three different DHs in the games at Detroit's Comerica Park: Harrison, Neil Walker, and Alvarez. Plans for Baltimore and Cleveland on the upcoming trip are up in the air, especially with lefties Wei-Yin Chen and Brian Matusz starting the first two games for the Orioles. In addition to the PNC Park sellout crowd of 39,312 for Saturday night's game, the club accommodated about 5,500 additional music fans by selling postgame concert-only tickets to the Boyz II Men performance. The Pirates secured their first sweep in 50 Interleague series, since June 15-17, 2001, over the Indians. The three-game sweep of the Royals was the Pirates' third overall in Interleague Play.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.