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Monday, August 14, 2006

Brewers Drop Opener to Pirates, 2-4



From Sportsline.com:


For the first time in almost two years, Jason Bay was not in the starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

It didn't seem to matter for the suddenly streaking Pirates.

Jeromy Burnitz and Jose Castillo had solo home runs as the Pirates won their fourth straight game, 4-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Victor Santos (5-7) was effective enough in making his first start since June 15 in place of Shawn Chacon for Pittsburgh, which was without Bay in the lineup for the first time since September 4, 2004.

"Of course you want to have him in your lineup," manager Jim Tracy said of the All-Star outfielder. "But with some of the players we have now, you can feel good about the lineup we put out there even when a guy like Jason is not playing. That shows where we are as a ballclub now."

Bay's streak of 307 consecutive games played ended after he strained his right hamstring while stretching before Sunday's game against St. Louis, when the Pirates completed a sweep of the first-place Cardinals.

It was the fourth-longest active streak in the majors.

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