June 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Will Pirates Fans Walk-Out In Protest On Saturday?
The Pirates, stuck in a 15th consecutive losing season, don't sell out PNC Park that often. On one of the few nights they will, some fans don't plan to stick around long. With only the third capacity crowd of the season expected for a Bob Walk bobblehead doll giveaway Saturday night, some longtime rooters led by businessman Andy Chomos of Wexford, Pa., want those attending the game against Washington to walk out in protest of ownership's perceived lack of direction. Fans are being urged to wear green -- to represent ownership's lack of financial commitment to fielding a winning team -- and leave their seats after the third inning.
Pirates Claim Josh Phelps Off Waivers
The Pittsburgh Pirates today claimed first baseman/catcher Josh Phelps off waivers from the New York Yankees. Phelps hit .263 (21-for-80) with two doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 36 games this season with New York before being designated for assignment on June 19. Phelps has a career average of .268 (344-for-1283) with 69 doubles, four triples, 59 home runs and 224 RBI in 388 games in the big leagues. He hit a career-high 20 home runs along with 66 RBI during the 2003 season with Toronto. During the 2002 campaign with the Blue Jays, he hit .309 with 20 doubles, 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 74 games while finishing sixth in American League Rookie-of-the-Year balloting.
Clemens Strikes Out Seven In Yankee Return
In his return to the Yankees, Roger Clemens pitched six innings and gave up three runs to lead the club to a 9-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday. Clemens struck out seven batters and walked two.
Pittsburgh Drafts Jim Tracy's Son
Brian Tracy, a 6-foot-4 right-hander from UC Santa Barbara and the son of Pirates manager Jim Tracy, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 20th round of the baseball draft. Brian Tracy is the oldest of Tracy's three sons and the second to be drafted in as many years. Chad Tracy, a former Pepperdine catcher, was taken by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 2006 draft.
Rocket Set For Saturday Debut Against Pirates
The uniforms with No. 22 were hanging in the locker, between the stalls of Jason Giambi and Wil Nieves. A box stamped "Louisville Slugger" and "ash bats" was leaning inside. On a navy sofa a few feet away, the front page of Yankees Magazine already had Roger Clemens on the cover. Everything was set for the Rocket to make his 2007 major league debut for the Yankees Saturday against the Pirates.
Clemens Scheduled For MRI, Hopeful For Saturday Start
The Yankees hope Roger Clemens can make his first start Saturday against the Pirates. Clemens will have an MRI Monday before the Yankees make an official decision regarding his return. Scheduled to make his first start Monday against the White Sox, Clemens was scratched because of right groin fatigue he reported on Saturday.