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Pirates

Bucs' Armas gives Fielder his due

| Monday, May 7, 2007

Tony Armas wound up with a no-decision Sunday against Milwaukee. Armas gave up four runs in five innings, including a pair of home runs by Prince Fielder.

"It was his day," Armas said. "I made some mistakes, and for a guy like that you have to get the ball on the outside corner of the plate. It was right in the middle."

• Chris Duffy hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, snapping an 0-for-17 slide. It was Duffy's second homer of the season.

• After last night's game, the Pirates took a charter bus caravan to Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs. Today is an off day.

• Marty McLeary, who was called up last week, flew to Indianapolis last night to pack up some clothing and other items to send to Pittsburgh. He'll drive his wife to Columbus, Ohio, then rejoin the team tomorrow in Chicago.

"It's been a hectic few days," McLeary said. "And it's going to get more hectic."

McLeary's wife is pregnant with their first child, and the due date is May 26. They'll see a doctor this weekend, when the Pirates return to Pittsburgh, and may induce labor so he can be present for the birth.

• The Pirates have lost seven of their past nine games and are four games below .500 (13-17).


Digits

4 - Innings, out of 36, in which the Pirates scored at least one run in the four-game series against Milwaukee.

24-11 - The margin by which the Pirates were outscored by the Brewers.

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