Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: For the second time in three days, the Curve’s game with New Britain was postponed on Thursday night. It will be made up in a doubleheader later this month when the Rock Cats play in Altoona. No date has been announced

SAFE AT FIRST: Because of the rain out, Curve RHP Casey Sadler (6-4, 3.20) will start tonight’s game against Trenton Thunder RHP Jose Ramirez (1-3, 2.76).

STEALING SECOND: The Pirates promoted CF Gregory Polanco from Single-A Bradenton to the Curve on Thursday. Polanco hit .312 in 57 games with the Marauders this season. He has also doubled 17 times and knocked in 30 runs this year.

ROUNDING THIRD: Polanco, who is from the Dominican Republic, has been in the Pirates system since 2009 and was rated the No. 51 best prospect by Baseball American in 2013. The 21-year-old hit .325 last season with Single-A West Virginia and blasted 16 homers.

HEADING HOME: The Curve return home tonight, taking on Trenton at 7 p.m. after a short road trip the New Britain. The Curve will spend seven straight games at home, taking on the Thunder and New Hampshire with an off day on Monday. Altoona is currently in a stretch of playing 15 straight games against American League teams.

– Darian Somers

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: Tuesday’s game was postponed due to weather, and it will be made up in a doubleheader tonight in New Britain, starting at 5:35 p.m.

SAFE AT FIRST: Curve RHP Stolmy Pimentel and Rock Cats LHP Pat Dean will remain the starters for game 1 of the doubleheader.

STEALING SECOND: Curve RHP David Bromberg (2-6) will square off against Rock Cats RHP Trevor May (5-2) in game two. Bromberg went a season-high six innings in his last start, a loss, last Thursday. He gave up three runs and struck out four.

ROUNDING THIRD: Wednesday night’s doubleheader is the third for the Curve this season. The Curve have split each doubleheader this season, both times losing game 1, but winning the second. The Curve have another doubleheader scheduled with Akron at the end of the month.

HEADING HOME: RHP Gerrit Cole is the 105th former Curve player to be promoted to the major leagues. Cole, who made his first start with the Pirates on Tuesday, was 3-6 with a 2.90 ERA in Altoona. He appeared in 12 games in the 2012 season before being promoted to Indianapolis at the end of the year.

-Darian Somers

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Thursday night against Reading at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

SAFE AT FIRST: Curve utility man Stefan Welch was traded by the Pirates to the Red Sox organization Thursday to give the 24-year-old Australian a better opportunity in his career. The Pirates are not getting anything in return in the trade, farm director Larry Broadway said. Welch hit just .149 in 29 games this season and received little playing time. He hit .266 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 67 games for the Curve last year.

STEALING SECOND: Thursday’s “what if” promotion had the Curve renamed the “Coasters” and wearing 1980s Houston Astros-style colorful jerseys. Coasters was one of the finalists for the team’s nicknames before Curve was selected. This is the second straight year the franchise has done the promotion, as last season the team was renamed the “Lake Monsters” for a day. Since Thursday’s game was rained out, the Coasters promotion has been rescheduled for June 18. After that game, the colorful Coasters jerseys will be auctioned off.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve have won four in a row and will try to extend the streak tonight against Binghamton.

HEADING HOME: The Curve are in the middle of a streak that has them at home for 12 out of 15 games. They go to New Britain to start next week, then return home for series against Trenton and New Hampshire.

– Cory Giger

Covering the bases

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off on Monday after playing for 20 straight days. They went 7-12 in that time frame. The May 23 game with Reading was suspended in the eighth inning due to rain.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve will complete that rained-out game with Reading tonight at 6 p.m. before they play the regularly scheduled game. The suspended game will be picked up in the eighth inning, tied 2-2. The Curve will bat in the top of the inning because they were on the road, and the two teams do not play in Reading again.

STEALING SECOND: LF Andrew Lambo leads the Eastern League in homers (13), slugging percentage (.556) and total bases (115). He is also among the leaders in extra-base hits with 25 and RBIs with 40.

ROUDING THIRD: Altoona was as close as three games below .500 during the 20– games stretch but the team has fallen to 23-33. The Curve are in last place of the Eastern League’s Western Division, 8.5 games out of first place. Reading has also struggled this season, owning the worst record in the Eastern League, 10.5 games out of first in the Eastern Division.

HEADING HOME: Curve RHP Jameson Taillon will take on Fightin Phils LHP Austin Wright in the game that follows the completion of the suspended contest.

– Darian Somers