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Minor-league pitcher Lincoln promoted

| Monday, June 22, 2009

Right-hander Brad Lincoln, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2006, was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Lincoln was a hard-luck 1-5 with Double-A Altoona, but had a 2.28 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP ratio. In 75 innings, he had 65 strikeouts.

Lincoln, 23, will make his first start for Indy Wednesday.

• The Pirates have dropped seven games in a row at Coors Field, going back to July 17, 2008. They return in August for a three-game set against the Rockies.

• During batting practice, Andrew McCutchen signed autographs and posed for photos with fans in a roped-off area behind home plate. One veteran Rockies reporter said it's the first time he'd seen a visiting player spend so much time with the Colorado fans.

• Through the first 29 home games, attendance at PNC Park is up 4 percent over last season (17,539 in 2009 vs. 16,813 in 2008).

• Outfielder Jose Tabata has gotten five of Double-A Altoona's 19 RBI since June 15. Friday, Tabata, who missed 37 games due to a hamstring injury, hit his first home run.

• Righty Kyle McPherson was reassigned from Class A West Virginia to State College.

DIGITS

19 — Triples hit by the Pirates in 69 games this season.

10 — Combined triples by Nyjer Morgan and Andrew McCutchen.

21 — Triples by the Pirates in 162 games last season.

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