BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates this afternoon play their long game against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the odd season when the Pirates don’t make the 90-minute drive north to Dunedin, Fla., to visit the Jays.
Notice the two lineup oddities for the Pirates: Aki’s batting leadoff ahead of Andrew McCutchen. Pitcher Daniel McCutchen is in the No. 8 spot, ahead of Ronny Cedeno. You might recognize the fella batting leadoff for Toronto …
Lineups for today’s game:
Blue Jays — 1. Jose Bautista 3b, 2. Aaron Hill 2b, 3. Jeremy Reed rf, 4. Kyle Phillips 1b, 5. Edwin Encarnacion dh, 6. Chris Lubanski lf, 7. Alex Gonzalez ss, 8. Jose Molina c, 9. Joey Gathright cf. Brian Tallet p
Pirates — 1. Aki Iwamura b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Lastings Milledge lf, 6. Jeff Clement 1b, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Daniel McCutchen rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss.
— Former owner Kevin McClatchy will attend today’s game.
— Jeff Clement and Steve Pearce drilled at first base — fielding grounders, making throws to second, catching popups — with coach Carlos Garcia this morning, about an hour before the rest of the team took the field.
— Travel roster for Sunday’s split-squad game against the Rays: Ryan Doumit, Jason Jaramillo, Jeff Clement, Bobby Crosby, Ramon Vazquez, Delwyn Young, Garrett Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Moss. Ross Ohlendorf (5-6 innings/90 pitches) will start, followed by Octavio Dotel (1 inning), Brendan Donnelly (1 inning) and Vinnie Chulk.
— Travel roster for Sunday’s split-squad game against the Phillies: Luke Carlin, Erik Kratz, Ronny Cedeno, Aki Iwamura, Andy LaRoche, Steve Pearce, Ryan Church, Lastings Milledge, John Raynor. D.J. Carrasco 3 innings/50 pitches) will start, followed by Brian Bass (1 inning), Anthony Claggett, Steven Jackson, Javier Lopez and Evan Meek.