TAMPA — Today is the first of back-to-back games against the Yankees. It’s also one of just four road games the Pirates will play between now and March 14, which is the club’s first off day of spring training. Francisco Cervelli will be the designated hitter in his last game before joining Team Italy in the WBC.
>>> UPDATE 8:49 a.m. — Tom Prince will manage the Pirates in the games today and Monday against the Yankees. Clint Hurdle has been given permission to leave camp to attend the funeral of a close friend.
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>>> Sunday’s game: Pirates at Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Steinbrenner Field, Tampa. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates (7-2): Max Moroff 6, Alen Hanson 4, Francisco Cervelli DH, John Jaso 3, Eric Wood 5, Jose Osuna 9, Barrett Barnes 7, Jacob Stallings 2, Danny Ortiz 8. RHP Jameson Taillon
Also pitching for Pirates: RH Nick Kingham, RH Clay Holmes, LH Antonio Bastardo, RH A.J. Schugel, LH Dan Runzler.
Yankees: Lineup TBA. RHP Masahiro Tanaka
Also pitching for Yankees: LH Aroldis Chapman, LH Tommy Layne, RH Tyler Clippard, RH Luis Cessa, RH Yefry Ramirez, RH Chance Adams
>>> Monday’s game: Yankees at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Yankees: Lineup TBA. RHP Bryan Mitchell
Also pitching for Yankees: LH Jordan Montgomery, LH Jon Niese, LH Evan Rutckyj
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova.
Also pitching for Pirates: RH Losh Lindblom, LH Felipe Rivero, RH Juan Nicasio, RH Edgar Santana, RH Dovydas Neverauskas
>>> Tuesday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. TV: Root.
Braves: Lineup TBA. LHP Jaime Garcia
Also pitching for Braves: RH Matt Wisler, RH Jim Johnson, RH Arodys Vizcaino
Also pitching for Pirates: TBA
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