BRADENTON, Fla. — Shortstop Ronny Cedeno muffed back-to-back plays in the second inning today, then was jeered every time he touched the ball the rest of the game. After the game, Cedeno said quietly at his locker and accepted the blame for his errors, which led to three unearned runs in an 11-2 loss against the Blue Jays.
“Everybody makes errors. It happens,” Cedeno said. “But I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to get ready for the season.”
With one out in the second, Cedeno tried to make a backhanded stop and booted Jose Molina’s grounder.
“He just didn’t stay with it,” Russell said.
Joey Gathright followed with what looked to be a perfect double play roller, but Cedeno couldn’t snag it.
“He didn’t get his feet set right,” Russell said. “It’s a fundamental thing. I know he and Carlos (Garcia, infield coach) will get it ironed out.”•
Uh oh, sounds like somebody will be on the practice field really early Sunday morning, fielding grounders.
• When the rest of the team heads north Thursday night, starter Daniel McCutchen will stay behind in Florida to pitch April 6 in a minor league game at Pirate City. That way, McCutchen will be on his normal four days’ rest when he makes his first regular-season start April 11.
• McCutchen singled in the third inning today off Blue Jays lefty Brian Tallet.
“I’m probably gonna get some crap back in camp once they hear about it,” Tallet said. “I probably could’ve struck (McCutchen) out on a changeup. But what are you gaining by just striking out the pitcher on a changeup? You know you can do that. Let’s see you get him out with something else.”
McCutchen slapped a looper into right field.
Tallet nodded when someone mentioned it was the third straight game in which a Pirates pitcher got a hit.
“Well, I was just keeping it going, then,” Tallet said with a chuckle.