PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — After putting together a solid first half last season and earning an All-Star nod, righty Kevin Correia was disappointed to sit out the final month due to a strained oblique. “I usually pitch well toward the end of a season, so I always look forward to those last couple of months,” Correia said. “But there as nothing I could do about.” Is that motivation this year? “Yeah. I don’t feel like I did what I wanted to last year. I like finishing a season. I don’t get hurt a lot. I like being out there for the whole year. That’s my goal this year.”
»»» Nate McLouth has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all six of the games in which he has played. He did not make the trip down to Port Charlotte for today’s game.
»»» Charlie Morton will make his spring tomorrow against the Phillies. Brad Lincoln, Kyle McPherson, Juan Cruz and Ryota Igarashi also are slated to pitch.
»»» Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Locke and Rudy Owens are scheduled to pitch Monday against the Netherlands. Among the players who will will make the trip to St. Pete for the game are Michael McKenry, Jeff Clement, Jake Fox, Brandon Boggs and Robbie Grossman.
Spring game No. 9: Pirates v Rays, 1:05 p.m., Port Charlotte, Fla.
Pirates (3-5): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Jose Tabata rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Rod Barajas c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Kevin Correia rhp
Also scheduled to pitch for the Pirates: Justin Wilson, Daniel Moskos, Doug Slaten, Jared Hughes and Bryan Morris.
Rays (2-6-1): 1. Sam Fuld cf, 2. Carlos Pena 1b, 3. Evan Longoria 3b, 4. Luke Scott dh, 5. Jose Molina c, 6. Reid Brignac ss, 7. Jesus Feliciano lf, 8. Brandon Guyer rf, 9. Will Rhymes 2b. Jeff Niemann rhp