BRADENTON, Fla. — The team bus has left for Fort Myers for the game against the Twins. I’m staying behind at McKechnie Field to watch Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez pitch in a simulated game. Ordinarily, those are the kind of events you don’t attend as a reporter, but we’re talking about the Opening Day starter, so here I am. Check my Twitter account (@BiertempfelTrib) for updates.
Pirates (12-9-2) @ Twins, 1:05 p.m., Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, Fla.
Webcast: pirates.com Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees
Pirates: 1. Josh Harrison LF, 2. Travis Snider RF, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Travis Ishikawa 1B, 5. Neil Walker 2B, 6. Gaby Sanchez DH, 7. Tony Sanchez C, 8. Jordy Mercer SS, Clint Barmes 3B. Brandon Cumpton RHP.
Twins: Lineup TBA. Ricky Nolasco RHP.
Other pitchers: Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Jeanmar Gomez.
– Rob Biertempfel