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Postgame: Maholm ready to go

BRADENTON, Fla. — Paul Maholm hasn’t packed yet, but he’s ready to put the Grapefruit League behind him. This afternoon, Maholm tossed five innings in a 5-3 loss against the Blue Jays and gave up four runs on five hits.

“I’m ready to go,” Maholm said. “When you get to five innings, you’re ready to get out of here and get going. You get the itch for opening day to get here. I feel good and I’m ready to get out of here.”

Maholm had one bumpy inning — the fourth, when the Jays scored three runs in the span of three hitters. Eric Thames walked and stole second. Jose Molina hit an RBI single to left. David Cooper mashed a two-run homer to right. “I hung two pitches and it cost three runs,” Maholm said.

Maholm tossed a 1-2-3 fifth inning, retiring Jon Diaz and Corey Patterson on grounders and Mike McCoy on a popup.

“It was good to go back out and have a quick inning, get ground balls and fix what was going on,” Maholm said. “This was the first time all spring — bullpens, game, anything — when I’ve all the sudden gotten out of whack. It’s hard when you know you’re off and you’re trying to compete. I was able to come back and do what I need to do.”

It was good to go back out and have a quick inning, get ground balls and fix what was going on. This was the first time all spring — bullpens, game, anything — when I’ve all the sudden gotten out of whack. It’s hard when you know you’re off and you’re trying to compete. I was able to come back and do what I need to do.

»»» Third baseman Pedro Alvarez made a nice defensive play in the second inning. He move to his left and grabbed John Tolisano’s hard hopper — it looked for a moment as if the ball might handcuff Alvarez, but he was aggressive and stayed with it — then threw to second to start a double play.

»»» The lineup is posted for the camp game tomorrow at Pirate City. What jumped out at me is Pedro Ciriaco will start in center field. Also, Jeff Karstens is slated for four innings of work. Brian Burres originally was scheduled to start, but now Karstens is listed as the starter. There’s no word from the Pirates as to whether or not Burres was scratched.

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