It’s a good thing the Pirates aren’t in the AL East. If they were, they’d see a lot more of Alfredo Aceves.
Catcher Erik Kratz is a bit of a throwback-type player. Friendly guy, no-nonsense approach, plays because he loves the game despite never yet spending a day in the majors.
In today’s 15-5 rout of the Twins, outfielder John Raynor doubled and tripled — raising his batting average to .400 — and drove in three runs.
As we enter the second week of spring training games, Ryan Church (.333 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Andrew McCutchen (.500, 1 SB) and Tony Sanchez (he’s batting 1.000 — albeit in one at-bat) already playing at a high level.
Kevin Hart, battling for the No. 5 job in the starting rotation, threw just one rough inning Saturday, as the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.
Joe Starkey and I already have mentioned what a refreshing, glad-to-be-here guy Tony Sanchez is. Tonight, Sanchez got into his first spring training game and had quite a debut.
Octavio Dotel (strained oblique) doesn’t expect to throw off a mound until sometime next week, putting him three weeks behind his normal spring training schedule. At that pace, Dotel, who prefers to pitch 10-15 innings in spring games, might not be ready for the start of the regular season.