Ross Ohlendorf had his shakiest outing of the spring, allowing seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings of work as the Pirates' lost 11-1 to the Houston Astros B Team at McKechnie Field. He whiffed a pair, and made one of the Pirates' three early errors.
Anthony Claggett was dinged for a three spot in two innings, and Steve Jackson gave up a run. Jack Taschner and Jeremy Powell each threw a scoreless frame.
The Buc hitters didn't exactly put up a fight; they collected eight hits, but stranded nine runners. Jeff Clement had two hits and drove in a run. Andrew McCutchen had a tough day on the bases; he was caught stealing and picked off.
-- The Bucs host the Red Sox tomorrow. The Pirate pitchers are Paul Maholm, D.J. Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, and Javier Lopez.
-- The Pirates named Zach Duke their starter for the April 5th home and season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Zachster was an All-Star last year, when he went 11-16 with a 4.06 ERA.
-- Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors thought that Garrett Jones was one of the top minor league signings of 2009; he also thinks that the inking of DJ Carrasco is one of this year's better deals.
-- Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse tweets that the Rangers are looking at Ramon Vazquez as a utility infielder.
-- Joe Beimel, ex-Bucco and Duquesne grad from St. Mary's, signed for another tour of duty with the Rox, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.