Morning briefing: Games 12, 13 vs. Red Sox, Orioles


BRADENTON, Fla. – Travis Ishikawa, who’s been slowed by a hamstring problem, will make his first start of the spring today as the designated hitter in the split-squad game vs. the Red Sox. … Andrew McCutchen will play in his first road game today, although it’s not much of a trip — a 20-minute drive down Rt. 41 to Sarasota. … Bench coach Jeff Banister unofficially gets credit for the win yesterday against the Rays, as manager Clint Hurdle spent the day at Pirate City. Banny will try to make it two in a row this afternoon vs. the O’s at Sarasota; Hurdle will manage the split-squad vs. the Red Sox in Bradenton.


Lineups, conveniently located next to souvenir store at McKechnie Field
Lineups, conveniently located next to souvenir store at McKechnie Field

Red Sox (2-7-1) @ (7-2-1), 1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
TV: Root Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees
Red Sox: 1. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, 2. Alex Hassan LF, 3. Mike Carp DH, 4. David Ross C, 5. Brock Holt 2B, 6. Bryce Brentz RF, 7. Garin Cecchini 3B, 8. Travis Shaw 1B, 9. Deven Marrero SS. RHP Clay Buchholz.
Pirates: 1. Jaff Decker CF, 2. Chris Dickerson LF, 3. Travis Snider RF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Andrew Lambo 1B, 6. Travis Ishikawa DH, 7. Jordy Mercer SS, 8. Robert Andino 2B, 9. Chris Stewart C. Charlie Morton RHP
Backups: Gregory Polanco, Russell Martin, Nevin Ashley, Chris McGuiness
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Tony Watson, Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Zack Thornton and Yao-Hsun Yang
Pirates @ Orioles (7-2), 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla.
Radio: 93.7 FM Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Neil Walker 2B, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Gaby Sanchez DH, 5. Jose Tabata RF, 6. Tony Sanchez C, 7. Brent Morel 1B, 8. Clint Barmes 3B, 9. Michael Martinez SS. Edinson Volquez RHP
Orioles: 1. David Lough CF, 2. Nelson Cruz LF, 3. Chris Davis 1B, 4. Adam Jones DH, 5. Nick Markakis RF, 6. J.J. Hardy SS, 7. Matt Wieters C, 8. Ryan Flaherty 3B, 9. Jonathan Schoop 2B. LHP Wei-Yin Chen.
Backups: Josh Harrison, Matt Hague, Omir Santos, Carlos Paulino, Drew Maggi, Gift Ngoepe, Adalberto Santos, Junior Sosa.
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Brandon Cumpton, Jared Hughes, Andy Oliver and Jake Brigham.
– Rob Biertempfel