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Morton throws, Walker sits


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



  1. Hal Smith says:

    Hey has Alvarez gotten a hit?

  2. This is the batting order and field lineup I expect for Opening Day.

    Just throw Walker in at #4 or #5, Barajas at #7, and move Barmes to #8.

  3. PetroSteel says:

    I think Walker is holding out because he wants Cutch money…I think his back is fine…Someone saw him cutting his grass this morning…What do you think??? :)

  4. Harry says:

    Where’s Fat Pedro?

  5. PetroSteel says:

    Harry, you may need to respect Mr. Alvarez little bit more than that. The young man went long ball today!!!

  6. Ryan(Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Groat-How about the top 5 stay the same.

    6. Walker
    7. Barajas
    8. Barmes
    9. Pitcher

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