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Starling Marte is in the Pirates’ starting lineup Tuesday night for the first time since August 18

Sep 17, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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Here’s a potential boost for the Pirates, who are currently locked into a tie with the Cardinals at the very top of the National League Central standings.

Starling Marte is a member of Pittsburgh’s starting lineup — batting leadoff and playing left field — on Tuesday evening against the Padres for the first time since suffering a severe hand contusion in an August 18 game versus Arizona. Marte was activated from the disabled list on September 7 but could only serve as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement initially due to lingering discomfort in his badly-bruised hand.

Marte was well on his way to an outstanding season for the Bucs before the injury and will carry a cool .282/.343/.443 batting line, 11 home runs, 10 triples, 36 stolen bases and 79 runs scored into his return to full-time action on Tuesday night.

  1. The Blitzburgh Press - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

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  2. Stiller43 - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Marte partay baby..i mean babay

  3. steelers88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    So far it hasn’t helped.

  4. e5tolife - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Are you sure there’s not a bill Barr report stating Marte’s arm was amputated at the elbow?

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  6. pitt4059 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Pirates are tanking fast. They will get one of the wild card slots only because the season isn’t a week longer….and then go out one and done. If you want to follow a good baseball team, try the Red Sox.

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