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Morn … er, Afternoon briefing: Game 22 v. Orioles

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Situational infield defense drill before tonight's game against Orioles.

The sun was out for this infield defense drill before tonight’s game against Orioles.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hey, it’s nice to be back in Florida after fighting to a draw (at best) against Old Man Winter the past week back home. … Tonight’s tilt will ¬†mark the eighth night game at McKechnie Field and the fifth one here against the Orioles. … Travis Ishikawa has reached base in five of his past six games and is hitting .375 overall. … Starling Marte is riding a five-game hitting streatk. … Andrew McCutchen (who, you may recall is good at baseball) has 11 hits (including three homers) in his past 19 at-bats. He’s reached base in all nine of his games and is batting .560 (14 for 25) with two walks. … Francisco Liriano is scheduled to pitch five innings/85 pitches tonight against the Orioles. Also on the dance card are Vin Mazzaro (two innings), Bryan Morris (two innings) and Jay Jackson (one inning). … Jeff Locke (two innings/35 pitches) and Mark Melancon (two innings/35 pitchers) were slated to work in a “minigame” today.

>> Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports he’s heard relievers Jeanmar Gomez and Morris also are on the list of players the Pirates would consider trading to help pare the active roster to 25. The Pirates would ask for a higher return for Gomez because he can start as well as relieve. Davidoff wonders if the Yankees might dangle catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is out of options.

>> The Pirates released Seth McClung, who was in minor league camp trying to make a comeback. McClung hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009, but after reading this story by Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, it’s hard not to root for the guy.

>> Celebrate, foodies. BRGR will be serving up burngers and shakes at PNC Park this summer. I have no idea what all is on their Abso-Bac’n-Lutely burger, sold exclusively at the ballyard, but I want to find out. Mmm … bacon.

Orioles (10-7-1) @ Pirates (11-7-1), 7:05 p.m., McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
Radio: 93.7 FM Weather: Clear, 71 degrees
Orioles: 1. Alexi Casilla SS, 2. Nolan Reimold DH, 3. Adam Jones CF, 4. Nelson Cruz RF, 5. Steve Pearce 1B, 6. Delmon Young LF, 7. Jonathan Schoop 2B, 8. Caleb Joseph C, 9. Michael Almanzar 3B. Bud Norris RHP
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Andrew Lambo DH, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Russell Martin C, 6. Neil Walker 2B, 7. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 8. Jose Tabata RF, 9. Jordy Mercer SS. Francisco Liriano LHP
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Jay Jackson
– Rob Biertempfel

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