Jaramillo settles in at the plate


BRADENTON, Fla. — Jason Jaramillo whacked a run-scoring single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Pirates past the Reds, 3-2.

Since being told Saturday he’d won the backup catcher job, Jaramillo has gone 3 for 8. After looking out of sorts at the plate for much of the spring, he appears to be finding his batting stroke.

“He’s probably a lot more relaxed now that he knows he’s going north with us,” manager John Russell said. “I’m sure that’s a factor.”

• The Pirates acquired lefty Shawn Nottingham from the Indians for a minor league player to be named later. Nottingham, 24, likely will begin the season with Double-A Altoona. Last season, he went 0-2 with a 7.09 ERA in 19 relief appearances with Double-A Akron.

• One name to keep in the back of your head the next few days is Robert Andino. The infielder is out of minor league options, and the Florida Marlins might be tempted to trade him if he doesn’t make their major league roster out of spring training.

At the winter meetings, Andino’s name came up when Pirates talked with the Marlins about a trade involving catcher Ronny Paulino. That deal never materialized, as Paulino was sent to the Phillies. However, the Marlins finally did get Paulino last weekend.

Andino, 24, was the Marlins’ second-round pick in 2002. Florida took him on the advice of scout Marc DelPiano, who in December was hired as a special assistant to Pirates GM Neal Huntington.

Perry Hill, the Pirates’ infield coach, tutored Andino when Hill was on the Marlins’ coaching staff.

Andino has played in the majors in each of the past four seasons, but has appeared in a total of just 79 games.

Last season, Andino hit .206 (13 for 63) with two homers and nine RBI. He is more highly regarded for his defense than his offense — Andino has a subpar .250 career on-base percentage.