Morning briefing: Game 25 @ Orioles


birdSARASOTA, Fla. — So, the Pirates offered Starling Marte a multi-year contract, but he didn’t find the numbers exactly to his liking. Both sides say they will continue to talk over a possible deal. Your thoughts? … This is the first game this spring the Pirates have not used a designated hitter. … Andrew Lambo was listed on the tentative traveling roster yesterday, but will not make the 20-minute trip from McKechnie Field. Travis Ishikawa is in the lineup at first base. Hmmm. Then again, manager Clint Hurdle has been bundling at-bats for various guys this spring. Since Ishikawa missed some time early this spring with a sore hammy, it makes sense he’s getting a bunch of at-bats now. … Gerrit Cole is slated for 90-plus pitches today. Bryan Morris, Andy Oliver and Jay Jackson are down for one inning apiece. … Jason Grilli and Tony Watson each will throw one inning today in a minor league game at Pirate City. … Baltimore beat guy Ed Encina tells me Kevin Gausman has pitched well enough this spring to merit consideration for the Orioles’ rotation, but there’s simply no room for him there. This could be his final Grapefruit League start before being sent to minor league camp.

Pirates (12-9-1) @ Orioles (12-7-1), 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla.
Radio: 93.7 FM Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, Travis Snider RF, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Neil Walker 2B, 6. Travis Ishikawa 1B, 7. Tony Sanchez C, 8. Jordy Mercer SS, 9. Gerrit Cole RHP.
Orioles: 1. Nick Markakis RF, 2. David Lough LF, 3. Adam Jones CF, 4. Chris Davis 1B, 5. Nelson Cruz DH, 6. Matt Wieters C, 7. J.J. Hardy SS, 8. Ryan Flaherty 3B, 9. Jemile Weeks 2B. Kevin Gausman RHP.
Other pitchers: Bryan Morris, Andy Oliver, Jay Jackson and (if necessary) Daniel Schlereth.
Bench: Nevin Ashley, Josh Harrison, Jose Tabata, Omir Santos and a host of minor leaguers.
Rob Biertempfel