Phil Irwin made his MLB debut on Sunday, taking the mound in a start for Pittsburgh.
April 18, 2013
Each week here at OleMissSports.com we'll take a look at former Rebels in the Major Leagues and update Rebel fans on how the individual players (and their respective teams) are performing in a race for a pennant and ultimately a World Championship.
#8 Chris Coghlan | OF | Miami Marlins Coghlan has played in 12 games for the Marlins this season and is currently hitting at a .136 clip as the Miami squad is beginning a series on the road at the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. There, Coghlan's Miami squad will face a former Rebel in Zack Cozart who teamed with Coghlan to make up one of the best infield defenses in the last decade in Rebel history.
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds Cozart has helped the Reds off to a solid start in the 2013 campaign, hitting at a .262 clip through 14 games and has Cincinnati a half game out of first in the NL Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals at 7-8. Cozart is coming off a 6-for-13 performance with two RBI and a home run in a series win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Cozart's Reds will kick off a series against former Rebel Chris Coghlan and the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. The Reds also played a series against NL Central rival Pittsburgh this past week in which Cozart faced another former Rebel making his MLB debut.
#36 Phil Irwin | RHP | Pittsburgh Pirates Irwin made his MLB debut this past Sunday when he was called up by the Pirates to start against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14. Irwin took no decision after working 5.0 innings in his big league debut, giving up five runs on six hits. The Pirates rallied to win the game and take the series from the Reds. Irwin was then reassigned back to the Pirates' triple A club in Indianapolis on Monday.
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals Right-hander Lance Lynn made his third start of the season this past week at Pittsburgh, picking up the win and moving to 2-0 on the season. In that start, Lynn gave up four earned runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts, but picked up the win over the Pirates and has helped keep the Cardinals in first place in the NL Central with a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in a division that looks to be tightly contested again this season.
#20 Alex Presley | OF | Pittsburgh Pirates Presley was recalled by the Pirates on Monday, replacing fellow Rebel Phil Irwin on the MLB roster on Monday after Irwin's debut the day before. Presley has made one plate appearance, taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night and going 1-for-1 at the plate. The Pirates shut out the Cardinals 5-0 as Presley looks to settle into a role in a crowded outfield for the Pirates. Pittsburgh is currently 7-7 on the season in the NL Central with St. Louis and Cincinnati, and kicks off a series with Atlanta on Thursday.
#15 Seth Smith | OF/DH | Oakland Athletics Smith has been tearing it up at the plate for the Athletics who hold a 12-4 record on the year and first place in the AL West. The outfielder/designated hitter is batting at a .455 clip for the Athletics and went 4-for-9 in the three-game series with the Astros in the team's last outing. For the season, Smith has seven RBI, a home run and five runs scored. The A's start a series at Tampa Bay on Friday.
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