The pitching: Jeff Locke will start against Detroit at McKechnie Field in the spring home opener. The lefty and Juan Nicasio, who is being stretched in camp just in case, will go two innings. Jared Hughes, Arquimedes Caminero, Eric O'Flaherty, AJ Schugel and Jorge Rondon are scheduled for a frame. Detroit sends Buck Farmer, Jeff Ferrell, Alex Wilson, Bruce Rondon and Bobby Parnell to the rubber.
|Jeff Locke (photo: Associated Press)|
The lineup: Gregory Polanco RF, John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, Starling Marte LF, Chris Stewart C, Sean Rodriguez 3B, Josh Bell DH, Pedro Florimon SS & Alen Hanson 2B.So we'll get our first look at JJ on first and Hanson continues to get an early look.
The Bucs got their first Joe Block calls and #RaiseIt hashtags yesterday when they beat Detroit at Joker Marchant Stadium as Fran Cervelli and Jordy Mercer (2-for-3) homered in the Bucs 4-2 win, with Alen Hanson (1-for-1, walk, stolen base, run scored) and Jason Rogers also driving home a run. Clint was in go-go mode today; he put on at least a handful of hit-and-runs as the Bucs go small ball this campaign.
Rob Scahill got the daily double of a blown save followed by a win. He gave up a two run shot to Victor Martinez, but the Pirates bailed him out. The other Bucco hurlers tossed goose eggs; Trey Haley was especially sharp in his frame, with two swinging Ks, one on a 96 MPH heater and the other with an off-speed offering. Gift Ngoepe continued to shine in the field. (Click for the box score)
- Blake Murphy of Fangraphs looks at the Pirate pitching.
- Nate Adcock, who the Bucs lost in the 2010 Rule 5 draft, has signed to pitch with the Orioles. Since leaving Pittsburgh, the righty has tossed in the bigs for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds.
- Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games by MLB under its domestic violence policy. Chapman will not appeal and will return May 9th. He's allowed to finish spring training.