John Buck goes 3-for-3 in Pirates debut


The Pirates managed just 6 hits in Thursday night’s 4-0 shutout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and half of those hits came from catcher John Buck (.221 – 15 HR – 60 RBI). Buck went 3-3 in his Pirates debut with three singles. Buck who has just 1 home run in his last 87 at-bats, is hitting .286 in his last 10 games with no extra base hits.

John Buck to start at catcher, bat 7th


Catcher John Buck (.215 – 15 HR – 60 RBI) will make his Pirates debut and bat 7th tonight vs the Milwaukee Brewers. Buck who hit 14 home runs in 284 at-bats prior to the All-Star break, has just one home run in his last 84 at-bats. Tonight’s Pirates Lineup: 1. Jose Tabata, LF, 2. Neil Walker, 2B, 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, 5. Marlon Byrd, RF, 6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, 7. John Buck, C, 8. Jordy Mercer, SS, 9. Gerrit Cole, P