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In-game: Taillon, Nits and gators

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A few fans at Osceola County Stadium this afternoon took Gator Dude up on his offer to hold and pet the baby Gator

A few fans at Osceola County Stadium this afternoon took Gator Dude up on his offer to hold and pet the baby Gator

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jameson Taillon, the wunderkind first-round pick from last year’s draft, made his spring game debut today in minor league camp. The right-hander pitched two innings against the New York Yankees’ Class A team and allowed one run on three hits. Taillon walked none and struck out two.

»»» Righty James McDonald (sore side) threw a bullpen this morning “without incident,” according to a Pirates spokesman.

»»» Lefty Paul Maholm is slated to pitch the first six innings Monday against the Twins. He’ll be followed by Garrett Olson (one inning), Jose Veras (one or two) and Sean Gallagher (one or two).

»»» Brewers scout Ben McClure introduced himself to me today as we were eating lunch. McClure, a fellow alum, noticed my Penn State t-shirt (yeah, I’m still jazzed about the wrestling tourney). When I went downstairs to check out the dude from Gatorland (see picture above), I was stopped by a program vendor wearing Astros gear who pulled me aside and confided, “I’m not really an Astros fan. I’m a snowbird from Altoona, and I follow the Pirates and Penn State. I just do this to make some money.”

As I strolled past the dude from Gatorland, I saw a handful of fans taking him up on his offer to pet the baby gator. I didn’t stop. Gator Dude made theoffer to fellow scribe Colin Dunlap, who replied, “I’m just looking for a cup of coffee” and kept walking to the refreshment stand.

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