Karstens is back

Karstens is back

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Karstens is back

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After losing the way the Pirates lost last week, one win doesn’t mean anything. Jeff Karstens is the pitcher charged with keeping the ship righted tonight with his first start since May 8th against the Cardinals. If he does well, he can probably keep his spot in the rotation for a while with Charlie Morton on the DL and Brian Burres struggling (Burres will be skipped this weekend and Dana Eveland will join the rotation probably next week, both via DK’s Twitter). He faces off against Ted Lilly tonight, which means that the lineup backing him will have Bobby Crosby at first base.

First pitch tonight is 7:05. The white milkman hats are retired until the Fourth. Clemente/Cangelosi is after the jump.

Not sure what this is? Check here and here. Short version: in the comments pick the Pirates you think will be most and least valuable in today’s game. If you haven’t jumped aboard yet, it’s been a lot of fun so far and now’s as good a time as any to join in.

Without taking up the space to do the blow-by-blow four game update, just know that a lot of people racked up some nice point totals in Friday and Saturday’s games, including contest leader Don Madden, who’s score swelled by five points to 30. North Shore Ryan tallied four to nearly keep pace and vault into second place.

Today’s leaderboard:

  1. Don_Madden: 30
  2. North Shore Ryan: 21
  3. dafletch: 19
  4. Woodward: 18
  5. brian2, Carnegie Chip: 16
  6. hisjazziness, ndbrian: 15
  7. Wizard of Woz: 14
  8. hwtrine68, pdiddy0020: 13
  9. whygavs, J. Latrobe: 11
  10. Garrett122, michaelbro8 10
  11. UtesFan890, bwzimmerman: 8
  12. apk, pdiddy002: 7
  13. Nate, TuckerD13, dboz, edgeman2k: 6
  14. TheHulk, Mornacale: 5
  15. appeal2smail: 4
  16. TomKaikis, Joek, tylerrcurtis, TheJewelryMan!, fruitbat, Cecilio_Guante, WallyR: 3
  17. PatrickHealy, MattB, SteelCity66, BadAndy, spazaru, Adam_Reynolds, Mr. Ando, WallyR, cocktailsfor2, Dave Mesing: 2
  18. FSU Bucs, Christy, appeal2smail, SeanGentile, shsteimer, TheHulk, Traco Bucco, Tate, Neopold, IndianaJohns04, wk kortas, jac8, Mr. Ando, 

    DoctorGeeves: 1

  19. Everyone else: 0
  20. NSN, Mosca, danatural, Teflon, John Sparrow, matt w, Fielding Yost: -1
  21. PHook4000: -4

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