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 …
- Starling Marte, LF
- Chase d’Arnaud, SS
- Andrew McCutchen, CF
- Gaby Sanchez, 1B
- Travis Snider, RF
- Brad Hawpe, DH
- Michael McKenry, C
- Jared Goedert, 3B
- 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.