Moran left Saturday's game against the Cubs with an apparent groin injury. He grimaced immediately after diving back into first base while attempted to tag the bag for a double play. He hopped off the field on one leg. Todd Frazier replaced him.
Moran went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's 12-5 loss to the Cardinals. All three hits were singles, but it was still another productive outing for the 28-year-old. Moran remains on track for a breakout campaign. slashing .297/.356/.495 through 26 games with four homers and 19 RBI.
Moran isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Royals. Moran went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a strikeout in Tuesday's series opener against Kansas City, but he'll take a seat with left-hander Mike Minor starting for the Royals on Wednesday. Todd Frazier will start at first base and bat fourth.
Moran went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Sunday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Brewers. Moran put the Pirates ahead 3-2 with a three-run blast in the third inning. In the 10th, he added an RBI double to score initial runner Bryan Reynolds, and that run held up for the win. Moran is slashing .298/.385/.579 with four homers, 13 RBI and eight runs scored through 65 plate appearances. The first baseman's solid work at the plate will likely keep him in the heart of the order.
Moran went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 6-1 win over the Brewers. He got the Bucs on the board by taking Adrian Houser deep in the second inning. Moran has had a strong start to the season, slashing .313/.411/.563 with three homers and nine RBI through 14 games, but his 8:18 BB:K suggests some regression is coming.
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