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Morning briefing: Game 26 v. Tigers

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Maybe the Pirates will honor Ralph Kiner someday by building the rest of his statue.

Maybe the Pirates will honor Ralph Kiner someday by building the rest of his statue.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Management held a couple of closed-door meetings this morning, most likely to sort out the pitching situation. LHP Francisco Liriano still is listed as the Opening Day starter, but that could change if his groin injury does not improve soon. Liriano told me this morning he’ll try to throw off a bullpen mound Wednesday. There are no relievers listed yet on today’s lineup card, although Bryan Morris is scheduled to throw at Pirate City and Jeanmar Gomez and Stolmy Pimentel will throw side sessions. … The Pirates announced they will wear No. 4 patches on their jerseys this season to honor the late Ralph Kiner.

Tigers (12-11) @ Pirates (12-9-2), 1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
TV: ESPN Webcast: pirates.com Weather: Rainy, 72 degrees
Tigers: 1. Andrew Romine DH, 2. Ezequiel Carrera LF, 3. Austin Jackson CF, 4. Tyler Collins RF, 5. Nick Castellanos 3B, 6. Bryan Holoday C, 7. Aaron Westlake 1B, 8. Hernan Perez SS, 9.  Danny Worth 2B. Rick Porcello RHP
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Russell Martin C, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Neil Walker 2B, 6. Jose Tabata LF, 7. Josh Harrison 3B, 8. Jordy Mercer SS, 9. Wandy Rodriguez LHP.
Other pitchers: TBA
– Rob Biertempfel

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