Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bucco Beat...

The Grapefruit League creeps along...

  • The Bucs finally lost a spring match, 4-2, to the Blue Jays yesterday. Pedro had a pair of doubles to lead the attack. 
  • The Pirates host Tampa Bay at 1:05 PM today. The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Russ Martin C, Cutch CF, Brent Morel 3B, Matt Hague 1B, Jordy Mercer DH, Robert Andino SS, Clint Barmes 2B and Chris Dickerson RF. Pitching schedule: Wandy Rodriguez LHP, Jeanmar Gomez RHP, Vin Mazzaro RHP, Duke Welker RHP, Josh Kinney RHP, Casey Sadler RHP, and Zack Thornton RHP.
  • John Perrotto of Sports on Earth discusses Francisco Liriano's two new roles - Mr. Dependable and staff leader.
  • Bill Brink of the Post Gazette tweets that Travis Snider is healthy enough that he should DH Sunday.
  • 1B Gaby Sanchez is resting a sore right knee and RHP Phil Irwin is down for a few days with elbow soreness.1B Travis Ishikawa's hammy remains tight; he's yet to participate in camp.
  • Playing overseas isn't always a bed of roses, Adam Wilks tells the Trib's Rob Biertempfel.
  • Ex Bucs: J-Mac was rocked in his first Cub start, going one IP and giving up six runs on three hits (two homers, one a grand slam) and three walks.

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