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.
Resop touched by Clemente Award nomination
PITTSBURGH -- Reliever Chris Resop, in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of cancer patients and children -- both in his home state, Florida, and in the Greater Pittsburgh area -- is the Pirates' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.Resop is touched to be the Pirates' representative for an honor that perpetuates Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing players who exhibit the same qualities. "It means a lot," Resop said. "Obviously, I don't do it for recognition, it's just something I enjoy, giving back to the community and helping kids out whenever I can. I've been fortunate to live the life I've lived, and I have time to do it before I come to the field. I really cherish and enjoy it." Resop works with such Florida organizations as the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and All Children's Hospital. His local efforts help the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia, and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last winter, Chris and his wife, Kara, raised more than $10,000 for the All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also raised almost $12,000 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation through the "Cut-For-A-Cure" event. Wearing the same uniform as the award's inspiration makes the nomination even more meaningful for Resop than it may for the nominees of the other 29 clubs. "Roberto is an icon here, probably the biggest in Pirates history," he said. "To now be recognized for an award named after him is an honor. ... But I'm nowhere near what kind of a guy he was, and some of the things he did for the community. But you try, and do the best you can." The only Pirates player chosen for the Roberto Clemente Award in the 41 years it has been presented is Willie Stargell. Clemente's former teammate received the fourth annual award, in 1974.
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.