Pittsburgh Pirates: Hurdle Pulls Switch on Order, Spares Team

Paul LadewskiCorrespondent IIMay 14, 2011

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MILWAUKEE -- Another day, another Pirates lineup.

This afternoon Neil Walker will move from fourth to third in the batting order, while Ryan Doumit will occupy the clean-up position. Doumit made four starts there last season.

Matt Diaz will bat fifth against Milwaukee Brewers starter Chris Narveson, a left-hander.

“I might not be done,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We've had more success on the road than at home, but our offense has not been offensive.”

At that point, I recalled a statement made by John McKay, the late Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. Asked what he what thought of his team's execution, McKay deadpanned famously, "I'm in favor of it.'”

Hurdle grew up in Florida and was a fan of McKay's back in the day.

So I kidded, Does he feel that way about his own team?

“I'll plead the fifth!” Hurdle laughed, a wide smile on his face. “I'm behind my boys 100 percent!”

 

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