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Russell tweaked Bucs' lineup

| Tuesday, April 7, 2009

• Manager John Russell tweaked the Pirates' lineup Monday, flipping Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss. LaRoche, a right-handed batter, batted sixth, in between lefty hitters Adam LaRoche and Moss. "It might make some decisions a little tougher (for opposing teams)," Russell said.

• Jeff Karstens threw five innings Sunday in a minor-league game at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., then joined the team later that night in St. Louis. Karstens will start Friday against Cincinnati.

• Karstens switched to an over-the-head delivery in his tuneup Sunday, and said the results were good. "Hopefully, it will keep my fastball true to the glove side," he said. He plans to use the new delivery against the Reds. Karstens used an over-the-head style once when he was with the New York Yankees' farm system. "I walked the first two guys I faced, realized it wasn't going to work, and went back to my old delivery," Karstens said. "I wound up throwing a complete game."

• Rule 5 pitcher Donnie Veal said he wasn't very nervous before yesterday's game, his first in the majors. "I'm fine today, but I had trouble sleeping all last night," Veal said. "It was like Christmas Eve."

• Pitcher Dan Haigwood, who was in camp with the Pirates this spring before being reassigned to minor-league camp, was released.

• The NCAA women's basketball Final Four is being held in St. Louis. The Pirates are sharing their team hotel with the top-ranked University of Connecticut, which tonight will play in the championship game.


0 -- Left-handed starters the Pirates are scheduled to face in their first seven games

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