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PITTSBURGH -- Jose Tabata heard all the rumours in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and understood the significance of slugging prospect Andrew Lambo being called up this week. Pegasus 34 Sortie . "I know people are saying the Pittsburgh Pirates need a right fielder," Tabata said. "It makes me feel like Ive got to do something. Whatever the front office wants to do, thats their thing. I just want to help my team win." Tabata did that Friday night with a two-run homer and rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings to lead the Pirates over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2. Tabatas drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis. Lambo had started the previous three games in right field after having his contract selected from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. However, Tabata got a chance to get back into the lineup Friday night after getting three hits off the bench Thursday against the Cardinals. Tabata, who is hitting .269, sent an opposite-field shot to right after Gaby Sanchez doubled. "Its always a good sign for Jose to drive a ball the other way like that," Clint Hurdle said. "Thats the gift hes brought to the game since hes been a young player. Thats one of the first things I saw in 2010 when I was (the hitting coach) with the Texas Rangers and they played the Pirates. Thats one of the first thing people here talking to me about when I became the manager. "He squared some balls up in St. Louis and hit a ball hard tonight. That puts him in a good spot where hes aggressive in the batters box right now." Cole (6-5) was pitching on eight days of rest. He had his previous turn in the rotation skipped in part to allow veteran A.J. Burnett to pitch Thursday against the Cardinals and also to get extra rest. The 22-year-old Cole has pitched 140 innings between the major leagues and minor leagues in his second major league season. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft won for just the second time in his last seven decisions after winning the first four starts of his career. "It was tough to get a feel for the breaking ball, Cole said when asked about the effect of extra rest. "I threw some good one but there were others where I wasnt totally committed to trusting it would break." Having more days off is something Ive got to attack, though. Its going to happen again. Its something Im going to have to get used to." Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen had two hits each for Pittsburgh. Brandon McCarthy (2-7) lost his fourth straight decision, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts. "The whole thing felt like I was in a fight," McCarthy said. "I was able to command my sinker, but that was about it. My cutter was as bad as I can remember it in a long time." Martin Prado had two of Arizonas five hits. Pittsburgh broke a 2-all tie and moved in front for good with a two-run fifth. Marte doubled with one out and scored on Neil Walkers double. McCutchen then singled in Walker to make it 4-2. Pedro Alvarezs two-run single put the Pirates ahead 2-0 in the third. The hit scored Walker, who had walked, and McCutchen, who had doubled. Arizona answered with two runs in the fourth. Cole walked Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill with one out, and they scored on singles by Prado and A.J. Pollock. After winning three straight games against Baltimore in their final at-bat, the Diamondbacks didnt have the same magic as Jeanmar Gomez and Mark Melancon combined for three scoreless innings of relief. "Cole threw the ball good, moved the ball in and out very good, had good velocity, the ball was moving," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. NOTES: RHP Trevor Cahill (3-10, 4.66 ERA) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start Saturdays game against Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.43). Cahill has been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip. ... Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius did not start after going 8 for 47 (.170) in his previous 14 games. Cliff Pennington took his place. ... Pittsburgh signed RHP Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract as a free agent and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. The 15-year veteran was released Aug. 9 by Tampa Bay. Homme Nike Air VaporMax Noir/Or .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Nike Pegasus 33 Homme . U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed. . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. Port Adelaide forward Jay Schulzs preparation for his AFL comeback isnt ideal, coach Ken Hinkley says.Schulz will play against Richmond on Friday night - his first AFL match since round one when he suffered a back injury.Schulz played a state league match a fortnight ago and Hinkley admits he would have liked the attacker to have had more game time before returning to the AFL.But Ports AFL and state league sides both had a bye last weekend.We know everyone needs the bye but for Jays preparation, ideally he could have got another game, Hinkley told reporters on Thursday.But we have done what we can to manage that.He is a high-class player and has been a high-class player at this club for a long time so were just happy to have him back in the team.Schulz is among three changes to Ports side for the crucial fixture against the Tigers - the loser will slip three wins outside the top eight.Defender Jack Hombsch returns from a hamstring strain and utility Kane Mitchell has been upgraded from the rookie list.SSam Gray and Paul Stewart have been dropped while Dougal Howard suffered a season-ending knee injury in Ports loss to Fremantle last start. Nike Vapormax Noir. inkley described the Richmond game as a must-win - both clubs have six wins and seven losses and are struggling to keep in touch of the top eight.Its a must-win game, isnt it, he said.Its a must play to our ability, that is what it must be for us as much as anything.A lot of times you spend worrying about the end result. I think we have got to worry about the first contest, the first opportunity to play the way we want to play and that will hopefully give us the opportunity to win.We go into every game thinking its a must win game, whether its round one or round 23.Whatever happens for the rest of the year, I will go into every game thinking we must win this game of football because its what were here to do - were here to win. ' ' ' 

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