The Bucs have one more day to go in Florida; let's hope it goes a little better than today, as the Pirates lost to the Detroit Tigers, 8-5.
Zach Duke, the opening day pitcher, gave up all the runs, and in the usual Zachster fashion. A couple of soft hits, a couple of balls Garrett Jones didn't quite track down, a missed throw by Jeff Clement...hey, no Pirate pitcher, and particularly Duke, is gonna have much luck without some fielding behind him.
The attack was OK again, led by Lastings Milledge, Aki Iwamura and Andy LaRoche, who each had two hits.
Daniel McCutchen will get the start against the Phillies in Clearwater tomorrow, then the two teams move on to the City of Brotherly Love, where they'll play exhibitions Friday and Saturday at Citizen's Bank Park.
Monday, it's for real, as the Dodgers open the season at PNC. It's supposed to be 68 and sunny; we hope the team is as ready as the Pittsburgh weather.
No news today other than Eric Kratz was sent to minor league camp; it was a no-brainer to keep Jason Jaramillo as Doumit's backup. Kratz is a nice insurance policy, but the Bucs need someone to caddy for Doumit; they have to give him at least a day off per week. JJ has been there and done that.
As for the rest of the team...well, we'll know by Sunday. There are still some possible twists and turns, so stay tuned.