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On location: Orioles 6, Pirates 5, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SARASOTA, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Games: Pirates (2-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles, exhibition

Starters: RHP James McDonald vs. RHP Jason Hammel

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Ed Smith Stadium


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

And here is today’s lineup for Pittsburgh …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Travis Snider, RF
  6. Brad Hawpe, DH
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Jared Goedert, 3B
  9. Ivan De Jesus, 2B

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Some stuff from after the game …

McDonald gave up three home runs in as many innings. He allowed a staff-high 21 home runs last season, so this would appear to be a red flag, even this early in the spring. But he downplayed it.

Here’s video of some of my talk with J-Mac …

Brian Roberts, Nolan Reimold and Wilson Betemit homered off him.

“James might have wanted to get a couple of those down lower, but that’s a good hitting team and they’re over there knowing fastballs are coming,” Clint Hurdle said.

Sanchez homered to deep left in the fourth, then outdid that with a towering blast to left-center in the sixth. He’s off to a 4-for-8 start on the spring.

“I feel healthier than I’ve been in two years,” Sanchez said. “I’m getting some pretty good drive from my legs.”

Travis Snider went 3 for 4, but nothing was hit remotely hard.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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