Pi­rates’ Sanchez Set for Sea­son De­but

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

The Pi­rates ac­ti­vated NL bat­ting cham­pion Freddy Sanchez off the 15-day dis­abled list yes­ter­day, re­unit­ing him with the team in time for the fi­nal game of a se­ries against the Reds.

The Pi­rates also op­tioned Ryan Doumit to Class AAA In­di­anapo­lis, where he will be the ev­ery­day catcher.

Sanchez, who hit .344 last sea­son, sprained his right knee while turn­ing a dou­ble play in a game on March 6. The sec­ond base­man didn’t get back onto the field un­til the fi­nal days of spring train­ing, and wanted to play a few games in the mi­nors to re­fine his swing.

Sanchez went 1 for 2 with a dou­ble and a pair of walks for Class AAA In­di­anapo­lis on Thurs­day night, but cold weather wiped out games sched­uled for Fri­day and yes­ter­day.

Man­ager Jim Tracy was non­com­mit­tal about whether Sanchez would start to­day against LHP Eric Mil­ton, who also opened the sea­son on the dis­abled list be­cause of back spasms. How­ever, Sanchez is 9 for 13 in his ca­reer against Mil­ton, so it is likely he will start. K SCOR­ING BINGE: The Mets outscored their op­po­nents 31-3 in the first four games. Ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1900 only one other ma­jor league team be­gan a sea­son with four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries while outscor­ing the op­po­si­tion by at least 28 runs: the 1978 Brew­ers. The last NL team to do that was the New York Gothams in 1884. K SLOW START: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, who set a Phillies record with 58 homers last year, went 0 for 5 with three strike­outs in yes­ter­day’s 8-5 loss to the Mar­lins, drop­ping his av­er­age to .158. He is 0 for 10 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and has no RBI.

— From News Ser­vices

BY DAVE AR­RIGO — PITTS­BURGH PI­RATES VIA AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Na­tional League bat­ting cham­pion Freddy Sanchez, who hit .344 last sea­son, sprained his right knee on March 6.

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