BRADENTON, Fla. — Charlie Morton faced seven batters this morning in an intrasquad game at Pirate City. The righty was shut down after tossing 29 pitches (17 strikes). He gave up a run on three hits, walked one and struck out one. ” It was OK,” Morton said. “I got a little out of sync. I think I was trying to do a little too much when I walked (Andrew) Lambo, as opposed to just staying aggressive in the zone. I felt good in the first inning. I was locating my sinker and my cutter.” Morton said he’ll throw a bullpen session Friday and expects to be on a normal five-day routine and pitch in a game next week.
»»» Second baseman Neil Walker was scratched from the lineup today due to a sore lower back. A team spokesman said Walker is day by day and likely will miss two or three games.
Grapefruit League game No. 5: Toronto v. Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m., Bradenton, Fla.
Blue Jays: 1. Yunel Escobar ss, 2. Travis Snider lf, 3. Travis d’Arnaud c, 4. Adam Lind dh, 5. David Cooper 1b, 6. Rajai Davis cf, 7. Moises Sierra rf, 8. Mike McCoy 2b, 9. Brian Bocock 3b. Kyle Drabek rhp
Pirates: 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Jose Tabata rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Clint Barmes ss, 7. Josh Harrison 2b, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp