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Pirates heading to White House, too

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
 

Wednesday morning, about 35 Pirates players, coaches and staff will take a private tour of the White House.

Tomorrow, the Steelers will be greeted by President Barack Obama at the White House as a perk of their Super Bowl XLII victory.

The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies met the President last week.

Manager John Russell said he will skip today's White House tour.

"I'd rather go with a World Series ring on my finger," Russell said.

• Left fielder Nyjer Morgan was back in the lineup yesterday after a three-day absence to rest his sore left hamstring.

• Russell said he's seen progress from closer Matt Capps, who has done mostly flat-ground work instead of mound sessions to tweak his pitching mechanics.

"I can see the command coming back," Russell said. "I really liked the shape of his slider (Monday) night. His fastball has life and angle down, which is very encouraging to see."

• The Pirates are trying to trade outfielder Brad Corley, their second-round draft pick in 2005. Corley, 25, was removed from Double-A Altoona's active roster and reassigned to the short-season Class-A State College Spikes. In 21 games with Altoona, Corley hit .221 with four homers and 21 RBI.

Digits

.200 — Opponents' batting average against Evan Meek

.333 — Opponents' batting average against John Grabow

 

 

 
 


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