Monday, March 12, 2018

Notes: Bucs v Os; Jays Thumped 5-0; More Cuts; Camp Notes

Today: The Bucs entertain the Orioles at LECOM Park at 1:05. Alex McRae kicks it off (Tyler Glasnow was scheduled but has the flu) followed by Kyle Crick, Kevin Siegrist, Jordan Milbrath, Edgar Santana and Josh Smoker. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and aired by 93.7 The Fan.


Yesterday: As Clint likes to say, the Pirates showered off Saturday's twin embarrassment and broke quickly from the gate to drop the Blue Jays by a 5-0 count. Fraze scored on a J-Bell sac fly in the first, then the Bucs opened it up in the second go-around. Kevin Kramer tripled home Austin Meadows and plated when Fraze homered; for good measure, Gregory Polanco made it back-to-back bombs and the pitching took it home from there. Clay Holmes worked the opening three frames, followed by Casey Sadler, Damien Magnifico, Jack Leathersich, Johnny Stilson and Brett McKinney, who ensemble tossed a five hitter.

Notes:
  • Some prospect cuts today: Clay Holmes, Jack Leathersich (too many walks) and Austin Meadows (nice spring; .368 BA) were assigned to Indy. Reassigned to minor-league camp were Cole Tucker, Christian Kelley, Jason Martin, Bryan Reynolds and Damien Magnifico.
  • Frazier has collected 10 hits in his last 15 at bats and is hitting .435; Starling Marte is 10-of-18 and batting .526.
  • Pittsburgh has homered in nine straight games.
  • Doc Emrick is visiting camp today.
  • Kramer started showing some pop with the lumber last year, but as he told MLB.com's Adam Berry, it has nada to do with the launch angle trend. He made an adjustment with his hand action and got more aggressive in his mentality at the dish.
  • John Watson of Yardbarker has a look at at the NL Central teams' off season; the Pirates are a mixed bag.
  • Frankie Liriano has earned a spot in the Tigers rotation per skipper Ron Gardenhire.
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