Today: The Pirates are on the road against the Tigers. The contest starts at 1:05 at Publix Field/Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. The action will be webcast (audio) on pirates.com.
Lineup (sub): Adam Frazier 3B, Josh Harrison 2B (Erich Weiss), Cutch RF (Eric Wood), Fran Cervelli C (Jin-De Jhing), Jordy Mercer SS (Gift Ngoepe), Jose Osuna 1B (Joey Terdoslavich), Elias Diaz DH, Eury Perez CF (Chris Bostick), & Barrett Barnes (Alen Hanson) LF. Good to see Fran taking a regular rotation behind the dish. The value the Pirates place on versatility again rears its head – Eric Wood, Chris Bostick and Alen Hanson are all IFs by trade but will get OF looks today. It'll get really interesting when Cutch, Starling and Gregory all leave for WBC camps on Monday.
|Brault takes the bump (image Root Sports)|
Pitchers: Steven Brault, Trevor Williams, Tyler Webb & Tyler Eppler. Brault and Williams are among the competitors for the fifth spot in the rotation, along with Drew Hutchison and Tyler Glasnow (who go tomorrow), in one of the more compelling sidebars to watch during spring training.
Yesterday's Game: The Bucs remembered how to pitch yesterday and came away with a 3-1 win over the Twinkies. The Pirates opened a 2-0 lead thx to run-scoring singles from Freeser and Jackson Williams, who drove in Phil Gosselin & Danny Ortiz. Former Buccos Matt Hague and Robbie Grossman used a double-single combo off Dovydas Neverauskas to cut the lead in half before John Jaso's sixth-inning dinger closed the scoring.
|Josh and the other pups are signed sealed & delivered for 2017 (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|