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Final: Pirates 9, Astros 7

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Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (7-13) vs. Houston Astros, Grapefruit League

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Fla.

Radio: MLB.com

Here is the live box score. Rob Biertempfel makes the GREAT drive to central Florida.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Josh Harrison, 3B
  3. Nate McLouth, CF
  4. Casey McGehee, 1B
  5. Yamaico Navarro, 2B
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Eric Fryer, RF
  9. Brad Lincoln, RHP

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Neal Huntington just told reporters in Florida that Pedro Alvarez will make the team no matter how he hits, barring injury. Not making this up.

You know, I described in a column last week the “pressure-free cocoon” the Pirates have created for Pedro, and this might be the most glaring example of that.

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