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On location: Rays 2, Pirates 1

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BRADENTON, Fla. – Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (6-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Grapefruit League

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: MLB.com

Here is the live box score. I’ll toss up occasional stuff on my Twitter account, too.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Nate McLouth, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: A.J. Burnett, expected to miss 2-3 months because of the broken orbital, threw his first side session – 30 pitches — since the injury and did so without incident.

“I felt a little better than I thought I would strength-wise,” Burnett said. “Things have been going well. We’re on the right track.”

Nothing changed about Burnett’s timetable, though it still could if he stays healthy. He’s expected to throw another side session Monday.

“The eye’s obviously good right now,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about that. There’s some swelling here or there, but no problems with the vision. It’s just a matter of when the arm’s ready to get, get the strength ready for game situations.”

1:06: First pitch. Karstens to Luke Scott. 83 degrees.

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