Fans should expect to see Padres' second baseman Jedd Gyorko in the starting lineup over in the final two games of a weekend set in Pittsburgh.
And they can probably expect to hear a lot from Gyorko's friends and family, who made the drive from nearby Morgantown, W.Va., to see him play this weekend.
Gyorko got to town late Wednesday and spent two nights at home before heading back to Pittsburgh for the start of the series on Friday. The timing was good, on a lot of fronts.
Gyorko returned to the lineup on July 28 after missing 44 games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He's been trying to make up for lost time ever since.
Gyorko is hitting (10-for-36,.278) in his first 10 games since being reinstated from the disabled list with two home runs, eight RBIs and three doubles.
Gyorko, as he did a year ago when he hit 23 home runs as a rookie, is taking the ball up the middle and the other way to right field. He's said that's a sign that his bat is coming around after a slow start earlier this season.
"That's more like Jedd," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Eric Stults will take the ball for the Padres, looking to build on a win he had against the Braves last Friday. Stults gave up one unearned run in the victory, and though he walked four, he surrendered just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. Francisco Liriano is starting for the Bucs, and the lefty has been a much better pitcher in the season's second half. In four starts since the All-Star Break, Liriano is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA, .176 opponent batting average, and he has struck out 29 batters to seven walks in 25 innings.
Pirates: Cole to make another rehab start Sunday
Right-hander Gerrit Cole will make his third rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis this Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Cole last started Tuesday and gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old had the start pushed back three days as the team wanted him to make a few adjustments, and he ended his night with 74 pitches (53 strikes). Hurdle is hoping Cole has some more staying power in his next appearance.
"The last time it went to 70 pitches in less than five," Hurdle said. "So we'd like to see more innings, more ups and downs and more pitches."
Cole (7-4, 3.78 ERA in 14 Major League starts this season) is on the DL for the second time this season, as he also missed more than three weeks in June with right shoulder fatigue.
Padres: Ross feeling strong as he racks up innings
Tyson Ross, who gets the start Sunday against the Pirates, is among the National League leaders with 154 2/3 innings, which is by far a career high for the Padres right-hander.
Not that he had any idea.
"I didn't know that," Ross said Friday.
Ross, who is also among the NL leader in starts (24), has already pushed past his previous career high in innings (125) from a year ago with no restrictions moving forward.
• Even with a loss on Friday, the Padres own a 31-12 all-time record at PNC Park.
• Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is 5-for-8 in his last two games with five RBIs. The rookie was 3-for-4 in Friday's series opener against the Padres.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.