Lineup (subs): Starling Marte CF (Danny Ortiz), Phil Gosselin SS (Alen Hanson), Gregory Polanco LF (Barrett Barnes), David Freese 3B (Erich Weiss), John Jaso RF (Chris Bostick), Kevin Newman DH (Austin Meadows), Joey Terdoslavich 1B, Elias Diaz C (Jacob Stallings) & Max Moroff 2B (Gift Ngoepe). JJ has been working on versatility; he gets a shot in RF today
|Gerrit makes his first outing of the spring (2016 Museum Club)|
Pitchers: Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Drew Hutchison and Jared Lakind. This is Cole's first turn on the hill. Today features the unusual combo of the club ace teamed up with a pair of guys gunning for the fifth spot in the rotation, although Tyler may one day fill Gerrit's shoes.
Yesterday's Game: Good start as Fran and Jose Osuna cranked longballs off Justin Verlander. It got better later when Adam Frazier homered and Jordy drilled a grand salami. The smoke cleared after OF'er Jerrick Suiter's two run single with the Buccos rolling to an 11-1 victory over the Tigers. Steven Brault, Trevor Williams, Tyler Webb, Tyler Eppler and minor-league camper Jason Creasy combined to toss six-hit ball.
- Jung Ho Kang received an eight-month sentence suspended for two years (we believe that means no time if he stays clean for the next two years) from his DUI charges. He was also fined $2,000 and had his license revoked. It doesn't seem like he was given a break as the prosecution just asked for a hefty fine. The next step is to see what the passport people and the MLB/Pirates have in mind to address JHK's transgression is next... He did say he would go into rehab mode and that may be enough; at least it should serve to lighten whatever baseball bangs him with.
- Not good news for a guy who was a camp longshot - Jason Rogers is in a walking boot today with right ankle discomfort and will miss at least a week.
|Jason has a bad wheel (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
- Justin Masterson is getting a look at Reds camp. He spent 2016 at Indy where he went 3-2/4.86.
- This is the Pirates 49th consecutive season in Bradenton for spring camp. Only two teams, the Tigers (Lakeland) and the Phils (Clearwater), have currently been in one place longer.