BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates made three errors in today’s 8-5 loss against the Blue Jays. In the sixth inning, right fielder Starling Marte bobbled the ball and allowed Anthony Gose to advance to second base. Travis Snider followed with a grounder to reliever Meek. First baseman Jeff Clement failed to cover the bag, so Meek had to outrun Snider for the out. Jonathan Diaz scored from third base and Gose, seeing that Meek’s momentum took him away from the plate, made an aggressive turn and scored from second.
“We were sloppy,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Our awareness wasn’t where it needs to be to play a game — a major league game, a minor league game or an exhibition. It’s a lack of focus.” Still, Hurdle was careful not to over-react to the defensive lapses. “You’re dealing with humans, not hardware,” Hurdle said. “Sometimes, they have bad games. You don’t like ‘em, so you address them and heighten their awareness. Nobody likes to go out and play bad.”
»»» Charlie Morton will pitch two innings Wedneday morning in an intrasquad scrimmage at Pirate City. Kyle McPherson and Rudy Owens also will be stretched out to two or three innings apiece in the game.
»»» Josh Harrison (elbow) is in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Orioles.
»»» According to the LA Times, Clayton Kershaw will start the Dodgers’ home opener April 10 against the Pirates.
»»» Jo-Jo Reyes will pitch the first two innings Monday night against the Orioles. Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes, Duke Welker, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta and Tim Wood also are scheduled to pitch. Lefty Brian Matusz will start for the O’s. Among those not making the trip to Sarasota are Casey McGehee, Neil Walker, Clint Barmes, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Nate McLouth.
Lineups for Monday’s game:
Pirates (0-2): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Josh Harrison ss, 3. Yamaico Navarro 2b, 4. Matt Hague dh, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Gorkys Hernandez cf, 7. Garrett Jones 1b, 8. Starling Marte rf, 9. Michael McKenry c. Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes lhp
Orioles lineup TBA. Pitcher: Brian Matusz lhp