Thursday, March 3, 2011

Morton, Lincoln Shut Down Jays

Hey, pitching is the name of the game, and today, the Bucs got it in spades.

Charlie Morton put together another decent outing, going three innings and giving up a run on two hits (ex-Pirates Rajai Davis and Jose Bautista banged them out, producing the tally) and Brad Lincoln tossed nine-up, nine-down ball. Tyler Yates and Jeff Locke threw perfect innings, and Cesar Valdez closed it out.

Pedro tripled and had a pair of RBI, while Garrett Atkins and Andy Marte drove home tallies. Jason Jaramillo had a pair of doubles, one on a wind-blown pop that landed two steps in front of home plate, and scored.

The Bucs turned an unlikely Brian Friday-Pedro Ciriaco- Steve Pearce 4-6-3 DP, and Ciriaco and Josh Rodriguez stole bases.

Kevin Correia takes the hill against Joe Blanton and the Phils at McKechnie tomorrow.

-- The Bucs dressed minor-leaguer Jeremey Farrell for today's game; his dad, John, is the Blue Jay's skipper.

-- The Pirates announced that they agreed to terms with their 27 unsigned players on the club's 40-man roster. They all have fewer than three years of service time and zippo leverage.

-- Hey, the money they saved on those guys (McCutch, Garrett Jones, Walker, Jose Tabata et al.) is being spent in other areas. Baseball America has a list of money spent on international signings last year; the Pirates are fourth at $5M.

-- BTW, the 2010 Bucco bench tandem of Bobby Crosby and Ryan Church are still unsigned.

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