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Notebook: Wilson given day off against Reds

Joe Rutter
| Thursday, April 21, 2005

Despite being 5 for 15 with a homer lifetime against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Paul Wilson, Craig Wilson was given the night off Wednesday in the series opener. Wilson struck out three times in four at-bats Tuesday night and was stuck in a 5-for-31 slump, dropping his batting average to .250. He also had one extra-base hit, a double, in 48 at-bats for the season.

"It's a good time to give him a breather," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "The day off may help and give him a chance to sit back and relax a little bit."

With Wilson on the bench, Tike Redman started in center field and batted third, the spot he occupied at the beginning of the season.

  • Bobby Hill , who was batting .357 in limited playing time, made a second consecutive start at third base in place of Ty Wigginton , who was 0 for 11 lifetime against Paul Wilson .

  • With the Pirates playing a day game today and left-hander Eric Milton pitching for the Reds, right fielder Matt Lawton might get his first day off. McClendon said it is a consideration.

  • Second baseman Jose Castillo inched closer toward beginning an injury rehab assignment. Castillo, who strained a left oblique muscle April 6, hit off a tee yesterday. He is scheduled to take soft-toss batting practice today and could take regular batting practice this weekend at PNC Park.

    Digits


    25 Age of center fielder Chris Duffy, who celebrated his birthday yesterday.

    3 Wins this season when the Pirates score four or more runs.

    1 Win this season when the Pirates score fewer than four runs.

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