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Minor League Schedule: 7/3/11

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For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The GCL team and the VSL team both have off today and both will resume their schedule on Monday.

Cain looks for his sixth win of the year today

AAA: Indianapolis (43-41) @ Toledo (33-51) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres (3-7 4.22)

AA: Altoona (35-45) @ Trenton (48-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-2 3.32)

Kyle McPherson will get his 5th start for Altoona since moving up from Bradenton. Overall between the two teams he has a 5-3 2.99 record in 16 starts with 79 strikeouts and just 13 walks allowed. In his last start on Tuesday, Kyle gave up two runs in five innings with seven strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (37-43 overall 7-3 2nd half) VS St Lucie ( 43-35 overall 5-3 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brett Lorin (3-4 2.76)

Brett Lorin is making his 11th start of the year tonight. He has also made 5 relief appearances. As a starter he has a 3.40 ERA in 47.2 IP. He has recorded 65 strikeouts in 65.1 innings with just 12 walks allowed. He has allowed just two homers on the season and none in his last ten appearances

Low-A: West Virginia (40-38 overall 5-5 2nd half) VS Greensboro ( 45-45 overall 5-5 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (5-5 2.96)

Colton Cain is making his 16th start of the season this afternoon. He has given up just one earned run over 11 innings pitched in his last two starts. In five June starts he had a 1-1 2.17 record. He improved his ERA for a second straight month posting a 4.58 ERA in April and a 2.78 mark in May.

Short Season A: State College (5-11) VS Auburn (8-8) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Josh Poytress (0-1 27.00)

Rookie: GCL Pirates (7-5) VS GCL Tigers (5-7) 12:00pm 7/4

VSL: VSL Pirates (25-16) VS VSL Rays (21-21) 11:30am 7/4

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 1 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Mariners.

DSL: DSL Pirates (17-10) VS DSL Astros (10-15) 10:30am

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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