White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen joked that there was so much hype surrounding Pirates prized prospect Pedro Alvarez he might walk the rookie to get to the next hitter.
That didn't happen Wednesday night, but the Alvarez Era got under way with the debut of what some call the best power hitting prospect the Pirates have had since Barry Bonds.
Alvarez didn't collect his first hit in the Pirates' 7-2 loss, but he walked and scored a run, going 0-for-2. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat against John Danks.
The pressure will be high for Alvarez to generate some offense and some buzz for the miserable Pirates, who have lost 10 in a row. But at least he can share the burden with the other young guns that have arrived in Pittsburgh of late. Top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln arrived last week, as did outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata accounted for the only other Pirates run Wednesday, hitting his first home run in the eighth.
-- David Andriesen
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