Colorado (56-56) at Pittsburgh (50-57)

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  • Game info: 6:35 pm EDT Sat Aug 2, 2003
  • TV: KTVD
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Tike Redman is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new everyday center fielder. He made quite an impression on his first day on the job.

He’ll look to follow that up with another solid performance when the Pirates meet the Colorado Rockies in the middle game of their series at PNC Park.

Redman was called up on Friday to fill the roster spot vacated by pitcher Jeff Suppan, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Pirates had also traded center fielder Kenny Lofton to the Chicago Cubs on July 22.

Redman last played for the Pirates in 2001, but was batting .294 with 42 stolen bases at Triple-A Nashville this season. Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon thought he deserved another chance in the majors.

“I’m extremely pleased as to where he is now,” McClendon said. “He’s been playing extremely well and performing in all facets of the game.”

Redman made McClendon look like a genius in his first game, going 2-for-4 with two triples, two RBIs, two runs and two walks in Friday’s series opener as the Pirates rallied from a five-run deficit to win 12-11.

After fouling off four two-strike pitches, he lined a two-out, two-run triple into the right-center gap to tie the game in the ninth.

“Basically, I’m just up there battling and trying to keep the game going at that point,” Redman said. “I was determined to keep fouling pitches off until I got something I could handle.”

The Pirates have won three of their last five.

Todd Helton and Charles Johnson hit two-run homers for the Rockies on Friday. However, Colorado blew leads of 7-2 and 11-6 on the way to its third straight loss.

STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place (tied), 13 1/2 GB, NL West. Pirates - 4th place, 8 GB, NL Central.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (10-8, 4.69 ERA). Jennings has won three of his last five decisions. On Sunday, he gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. In two career games against the Pirates, the 25-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA.

PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Meadows (1-1, 5.35 ERA). Meadows, who has made 16 relief appearances, will fill Suppan’s spot in the rotation. He did not get a decision in his only previous start this season, allowing six runs and eight hits over five innings in the Pirates’ 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on May 25. The 27-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in seven career appearances against the Rockies.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Helton, .351 avg. and 99 runs; Preston Wilson, 28 HRs and 106 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs. Pirates - Brian Giles, .304 avg. and 61 RBIs; Reggie Sanders, 21 HRs and 7 SBs; Jason Kendall, 61 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 3-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - RF Larry Walker is 0-for-8 in two games since missing three with a sore hamstring. … RHP Jennings is batting .263 (10-for-38) this season. … SS Womack is 10-for-24 (.417) in his career against RHP Meadows. Pirates - The Pirates designated RHP Jim Mann for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP Mark Corey from Triple-A Nashville. … RF Matt Stairs left Friday’s game with a strained right hamstring. He is day-to-day. … The Pirates have won 16 of their last 26 games at PNC Park.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 18-40 on the road; Pirates - 24-31 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Pirates - RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL.

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