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Notebook: Snell may make ML debut against Phils

Joe Rutter
| Friday, Sept. 24, 2004

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he is "leaning toward" giving rookie Ian Snell his first major-league start Tuesday in Philadelphia. "That would mean a great deal to me," said Snell, who grew up in Delaware. "I feel real excited to hear that and hopefully it comes true." Snell helped his cause by holding the Chicago Cubs to one run in five innings of relief Thursday. He threw 41 of his 58 pitches for strikes. "He had some composure and kept the ball down," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "They've got some good young arms over there."

  • In Snell's major-league debut Aug. 20 in St. Louis, the first three hitters he faced were Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds. This time, Snell faced Aramis Ramirez, Moises Alou and Sammy Sosa right out of the gate. He retired them on a fly ball and two pop-ups.

  • The Pirates were awaiting a medical evaluation yesterday from Dr. James Andrews concerning Kip Wells' right elbow. Wells recently had a third MRI taken on his injured elbow and forwarded results from all three of his tests to Andrews' office in Birmingham, Ala. General manager Dave Littlefield hopes to have Andrews' evaluation today.

  • Batting seventh for just the second time this season, Craig Wilson hit his 28th homer, a two-run shot. He also struck out twice, increasing his season total to 160. Wilson is three away from tying Donn Clendenon's franchise single-season record, which was set in 1968.

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