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BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates are facing a lefty starter today for the 13th time in 26 spring training games. That’s unusual. … Matt Hague has 11 hits, including three homers, in his past 28 at-bats. He leads the club with four home runs. … The team RBI leader is Garrett Jones, with 14. .. … Jose Tabata has nine hits in his past 26 at-bats. … Andrew McCutchen ranks among the Grapefruit League leaders with a .615 slugging percentage.

»»» MLB Network will feature the Pirates in its “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series at 7 p.m. Saturday.

»»» Pedro Alvarez will get at-bats at minor league camp today. The rules are a little looser in minor league games, so he will be able to lead off every inning and get more at-bats against live pitching.

Spring game No. 26: Rays v. Pirates, 1:05 p.m., Bradenton, Fla.

Rays (8-16): 1. Desmond Jennings cf, 2. Luke Scott dh, 3. Evan Longoria 3b, 4. Ben Zobrist rf, 5. Carlos Pena 1b, 6. Matt Joyce lf, 7. Jeff Keppinger 2b, 8. Jose Molina c, 9. Reid Brignac Matt Moore lhp

Pirates (8-17): 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Yamaico Navarro lf, 3. Andrew McCutchent cf, 4. Casey McGehee 3b, 5. Rod Barajas c, 6. Neil Walker 2b, 7. Matt Hague 1b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Michael McKenry c. Tony Watson lhp



  1. The Gonsk says:

    Where’s the Opening Day buzz? Don’t feel it.

  2. Chuck H. says:

    If we play on opening day anywhere near as bad as we are playing now, it is nothing to get excited about. Toward the end of spring training, you’re supposed to be better than
    your were at the beginning of spring training. The Pirates have regressed a bit in their
    play, both hitting and pitching look bad, except for a couple of players who probably won’t be around come April’s starting day. Don’t know who to blame-the players or the coaches.

  3. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Chuck-Its Spring Training…….records and stats mean zero…….When you want to conduct an analysis of the sport, have a clue first.

  4. Chuck H. says:

    Sure, it’s spring training, but whether you are a rookie or a seasoned veteran, you are trying to win. All the teams are trying out their rookies to see what they have got to contribute to the team’s success. It does seem like most of the other team’s rookies are doing alright, and it seems like every year, one or two rookies soar to stardom. Most of the contending teams have a better spring training record than the also rans.

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