Charlie Morton’s final spring training start went very well, albeit in a 4-1 loss against the Twins. Morton yielded one run and five hits, walked one and struck out three. Jason Kubel’s solo homer in the fifth inning was the lone stain on Morton’s day.
The burden of showing the Pirates got something worthwhile from the Jason Bay trade now falls to Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris.
At first glance., the Pirates’ batting order today might look a bit odd. Get used to it.
Here’s something you don’t see often in spring training games: an intentional walk.
The Pirates have their final split-squad games today, with half the team here and the rest in Clearwater to play the Phillies. At 6-15, the Pirates have the worst record among NL teams (the Rangers are 6-16) out in Arizona.
“Everybody makes errors. It happens,” shortstop Ronny Cedeno said. “But I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to get ready for the season.”