The (Tuesday) Windup, Walker on the double (play) edition

Neil Walker deserves a lot of credit for the Pirates leading the Major League leaders with 61 double plays — despite the fact he’s had to work with two different shortstops, Jung Ho Kang and Jordy Mercer. … 

Clint Hurdle, when asked about the absence of Kang from tonight’s lineup:

“We also have a very good shortstop in Jordy Mercer, who played 149 games last year, more than any of our other players. We are mindful of giving him reps as well, to keep him in play.”

Other than that, and the battery du jour, the Bucs are lining up the same way as they go for the series win against the reigning World Series champs:

  • Harrison 3B
  • Polanco RF
  • McCutchen CF
  • Walker 2B
  • Marte LF
  • Alvarez 1B
  • Cervelli C
  • Mercer SS
  • Burnett P

In retrospect, Pirates prospect Alen Hanson violated baseball’s edict to not take your bat on the field, or your glove into the batter’s box. The idea is to separate offense and defense, not let worrying about one phase affect the other.

Now a second baseman for Indianapolis, Hanson was named International League Player of the Month after blistering the league’s pitching in May for a .362 average, with 15 multi-hit games.

For the season, Hanson is hitting .303 in his first Triple-A campaign, after not having  hit higher than .280 in Double-A. That goes along with having made only four errors in 48 games at second — compared to 61 errors in 227 games at short the last two seasons. … 

Speaking of taking your bat on the field … why was Gregory Polanco taking phantom swings in right field between pitches the other day? … 

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