May 14-16: Pirates vs Giants

After spending Thursday battling the Colorado Rockies in a day/night double header, the Pittsburgh Pirates roll into San Francisco to take on the Giants in a weekend series.

Normally a "feel good" team for the Giants, the Pirates actually have the better record between the two (14-18, .438 WP).

Former Giants farm-hand Ryan Vogelsong (obtained, along with Armando Rios, for Jason Schmidt in 2001) is looking forward to pitching against his former team since he was traded and then promptly went under the knife for rotator cuff surgery.

The Giants have been Jekyll & Hyde for the past few weeks. They stood strong against longtime foes the Braves and Marlins (winning both series for a 5-2 home stand). After dumping their load in New York, they won 2 of 3 from the Reds in Cincinnati. Coming home lost 2-3 in a disappointing fashion, leaving a nation of runners in scoring position. They can only hope for consistency in this upcoming series. The Pirates aren't push-overs by any means, but with only Jason Kendall and retread-extraordinaire Darryl Ward as the big bats they do stand a chance.

Friday: Dustin Hermanson (1-2, 5.31 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (1-3 6.75 ERA)
Saturday: Brett Tomko (1-2, 6.23 ERA) vs. Josh Fogg (0-4, 8.68 ERA)
Sunday: Jerome Williams (3-2, 4.01 ERA) vs. Kip Wells (2-4, 4.58 ERA)

Pirates manager Lloyd McLendon will serve his 1-game suspension Friday night. Estranged right fielder Raul Mondesi has mentioned that he might be able to return to the team this year, after previously stating that he would spend the rest of the year fighting accusations that he has stiffed former major leaguer Mario Guerrero out of $640,000 for hitting instruction. His bank accounts have been frozen and he is not being paid by the Pirates. Giants pitchers Rob Nen and Jesse Foppert have started new recovery programs that include throwing off the mound for the first time in a long time. Foppert has a possible return date of September. Nen's return date remains in limbo.

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