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