Moran went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against Cincinnati. Moran sent a solo shot out to straightaway center field in the first inning to record his sixth home run of the season. One frame later, he added an RBI single and later came around to score. While Moran has cooled a bit after his torrid start at the plate, he now has multiple hits in two of his past four starts. Overall, Moran is hitting .241/.313/.569 across 64 plate appearances.
Moran is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Moran sits for just the second time this season. He owns a lopsided but respectable .216/.259/.529 slash line with five homers through 13 games, though he's gone hitless in four of his last five contests. Phillip Evans and Erik Gonzalez will handle the infield corners while Josh Bell serves as the designated hitter.
Moran will play first base and bat cleanup Tuesday afternoon against the Twins. He sat out Monday after going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts Sunday. Moran leads the Pirates across the board in several offensive categories, including both homers (5) and RBI (7). The lefty has a pair of hits in his only two at-bats against Tuesday's starter, Jose Berrios.
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins. Moran was dominant during most of the Pirates' four-game series against the Cubs as he hit two home runs, but he'll be out of the lineup for the first time this season after going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts Sunday. Phillip Evans will start at third base in Moran's absence, batting sixth.
Moran went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs. Moran keeps mashing and is now up to five homers on the season. The slugging third baseman owns a 1.260 OPS through his first 30 at-bats.
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