09/18/12 7:24 PM ET
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By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Walker returns to Pirates' lineup
PITTSBURGH -- Neil Walker was back in the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Brewers, feeling rested after having sat out the long, wet, cool game in Chicago on Monday.Walker missed 16 starts while recuperating from tightness in his lower back until returning for Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs. He remained in the lineup on Sunday, but a total playing time of seven and a half hours over the two days "was a little taxing," he said. "Those were long games, and he had no time to recover in between," said manager Clint Hurdle, who had Walker in his customary No. 5 spot in the order, between Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez. Walker is 1-for-10 in his first three games back, including a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday.
Bucs sign player development deal with Jamestown
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Tuesday formally announced their two-year player development agreement with Jamestown to serve as the organization's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.State College had filled that role for the last six seasons, but the Spikes recently signed a two-year development contract with the Cardinals. Jamestown becomes a third-time affiliate of the Pirates. Previously, the 1939 Jamestown Jaguars of the Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York (PONY) League and the 1957 Jamestown Falcons of the old eight-team NY-Penn League had arrangements with the Bucs.
"If you want to call it a 'dance,' fine. But it was cold. And it hurt. I was just trying to shake it off." -- Andrew McCutchen, on his strange gyrations after being hit on his left hip bone by a Travis Wood pitch on Monday in Chicago
Andrew McCutchen's 14 intentional walks, entering Tuesday's game, are the most for the Pirates since Brian Giles received free passes 24 times in 2002. Jose Tabata (353 plate appearances prior to Tuesday's start) and Alex Presley (326) are among the Major League leaders for the most plate appearances this season without a sacrifice fly. The Bucs' Minor League affiliates ended their 2012 seasons with a collective record of 431-406. The winning percentage of .515 is 10th best among the Majors' 30 organizations. Both the 10:42 CT p.m. start and 1:28 a.m. end of the "Monday night" game against the Cubs were the latest in Wrigley Field history, by nearly an hour. (Lights didn't invade Wrigleyville until 1988.)
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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.