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Pirates will call up minor league home run leader Andrew Lambo

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Andrew Lambo's power numbers have earned him his first taste of MLB.
Andrew Lambo's power numbers have earned him his first taste of MLB. (USATSI)

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The Pirates plan to call up outfielder Andrew Lambo prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Cardinals, the team announced. Corresponding 25-man and 40-man roster moves will be made before the game.

Lambo, 25, currently leads all the minors with 31 home runs. He's hitting .284/.350/.576 in 117 games split evenly between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. Prior to his season, Lambo's career-high was 18 homers back in 2008, which was the last time he went deep more than 11 times in one year.

Pittsburgh acquired the left-handed hitting Lambo along with James McDonald from the Dodgers in exchange for Octavio Dotel prior to the 2010 trade deadline. He's spent the last two or three years spinning his wheels in Double-A before this summer's power surge.

The Pirates have gotten just a .231/.296/.366 (74 OPS+) batting line from their right fielders this year, so Lambo could get a chance to play everyday. If not, he'll at least provide a powerful bat off the bench.

At 70-47, the Pirates sit atop the NL Central with a three-game lead over the Cardinals. Obviously this week's series is rather important.

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