The pitching: Jeff Locke takes the ball, with a parade of hopeful relievers behind him: John Holdzkom, Eric O'Flaherty, Jorge Rondon and Curtis Partch. Mike Pelfrey takes the hill for El Tigres.
|Curtis Partch has tossed four scoreless outings so far (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
The lineup: Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy Mercer SS, Matt Joyce LF, Michael Morse RF, Jake Goebbert 1B, Stew C, Max Moroff 3B, Danny Ortiz CF, Locke P. (Bench: Gift Ngoepe, Harold Ramirez, Willie Garcia, Josh Bell, Jake Stallings, Juan Diaz, P-Flo, Cole Figueroa, Dan Gamache).
Yesterday: Yay, a win. Juan Nicasio tossed three shutout innings and the Bucs, thanks to an early Cutch homer and some timely Tampa misfires, rallied for a 4-3 victory. Turnabout was fair play; Juan Diaz's boot (he came back to drive in the tying tally) set up two of the Ray's runs. There was more smoke than fire in sunny Florida - the teams combined for 19 hits, seven walks and four errors, but stranded 18 runners with a 3-for-21 RISP performance.
- The Pirates signed David Freese to a one year/$3M deal to fill in the Jung Ho Kang gap and solidify the bench. His post is directly below this one.
- Clint Hurdle announced Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates Opening Day starter on April 3rd, the third straight Opening nod for the lefty. Those couple of weeks of rib pain cost Gerrit Cole the honor. The skipper told the beat guys that Cole should be at the six-inning, 100-pitch mark around Opening Day if all goes well, but they didn't want to impose a rehab deadline that could backfire. Let's just hope he can take his turn w/o missing any time.
- The woman beaned by a foul ball last season is suing MLB, the Pirates and the Sports & Exhibition Authority over the incident.