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    Pirates drop Grapefruit League opener, 9-5
    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays broke open a tied game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away from the visiting Pirates and earn a 9-5 victory this afternoon at the Charlotte County Sports Park in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.

    Daniel McCutchen, a Pirates right-handed pitcher, yielded a two-out double just inside the third base line in the seventh to Robinson Chirinos that cleared the bases, made a 2-2 game a 5-2 Tampa Bay advantage and effective put the Pirates away.

    It was the Pirates' second game in two days, but yesterday's 21-1 win against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota was in an exhibition game, not classified as Grapefruit League play.

    There was a definite bright spot for the Pirates in this one --- and it came right off the top.

    Pirates right-handed starter Charlie Morton, who struggled mightily last season as he went 2-12 in Pittsburgh with a 7.57 ERA in 17 starts, worked a solid two innings in his start. After walking Rays catcher John Jaso to start the bottom of the first, Morton got Johnny Damon to ground into a double play and then Evan Longoria to ground out. Morton rolled a double-play ball to end the second inning as well. He faced the minimum six batters, gave up a hit and walked a batter.

    "Two double plays, which was good; got some sinker movement going," Morton said. "Obviously, I'd like to be a little more consistent early in the count, but I am not going to be analytical about it. I got my work in and it went well."

    The Pirates scored twice in the second, when Ronny Cedeno and Jose Tabata each collected RBIs by punching balls to the right side; Cedeno's stayed in the infield for a fielder's choice and Tabata's was a sharp single to right field.

    Longoria, the Rays' standout third baseman, blasted a one-out, solo home run off Brad Lincoln in the bottom of the fourth beyond the center field wall to cut the Pirates' advantage to 2-1.

    A Sean Rodriguez solo shot off Pirates pitcher Chris Resop in the fifth tied it at 2-2.

    Thereafter, the Chirinos double gave Tampa Bay enough distance, even as the Pirates scored one run in the eighth when Gorkys Hernandez grounded into a double play that chased in Pedro Ciriaco.

    An error by Pirates third baseman Josh Fields allowed another Tampa Bay run to score in the eighth, making it 6-3, then a sharp base hit later in the inning by Tim Beckham scored another run followed by another from Chris Carter that brought in another.

    The Carter single forced Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to replace reliever Justin Thomas, who is fighting for a bullpen spot after spending some time with the major league club last season.

    Garrett Atkins, a corner infielder for the Pirates, hit a double to left in the ninth that scored a run and catcher Ryan Doumit's groundout later in the inning scored Atkins, but it wasn't enough.

    The same two teams will play tomorrow, clashing at Bradenton's McKechnie Field in the Pirates' Grapefruit League home opener.

    Kevin Correia, acquired as a free agent in the offseason after going 10-10 for the San Diego Padres last season, is the scheduled starter for the Pirates. He is slated to pitch the first two innings.


    Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com




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    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays broke open a tied game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away from the visiting Pirates and earn a 9-5 victory this afternoon at the Charlotte County Sports Park in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.

    Daniel McCutchen, a Pirates right-handed pitcher, yielded a two-out double just inside the third base line in the seventh to Robinson Chirinos that cleared the bases, made a 2-2 game a 5-2 Tampa Bay advantage and effective put the Pirates away.

    It was the Pirates' second game in two days, but yesterday's 21-1 win against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota was in an exhibition game, not classified as Grapefruit League play.

    There was a definite bright spot for the Pirates in this one --- and it came right off the top.

    Pirates right-handed starter Charlie Morton, who struggled mightily last season as he went 2-12 in Pittsburgh with a 7.57 ERA in 17 starts, worked a solid two innings in his start. After walking Rays catcher John Jaso to start the bottom of the first, Morton got Johnny Damon to ground into a double play and then Evan Longoria to ground out. Morton rolled a double-play ball to end the second inning as well. He faced the minimum six batters, gave up a hit and walked a batter.

    "Two double plays, which was good; got some sinker movement going," Morton said. "Obviously, I'd like to be a little more consistent early in the count, but I am not going to be analytical about it. I got my work in and it went well."

    The Pirates scored twice in the second, when Ronny Cedeno and Jose Tabata each collected RBIs by punching balls to the right side; Cedeno's stayed in the infield for a fielder's choice and Tabata's was a sharp single to right field.

    Longoria, the Rays' standout third baseman, blasted a one-out, solo home run off Brad Lincoln in the bottom of the fourth beyond the center field wall to cut the Pirates' advantage to 2-1.

    A Sean Rodriguez solo shot off Pirates pitcher Chris Resop in the fifth tied it at 2-2.

    Thereafter, the Chirinos double gave Tampa Bay enough distance, even as the Pirates scored one run in the eighth when Gorkys Hernandez grounded into a double play that chased in Pedro Ciriaco.

    An error by Pirates third baseman Josh Fields allowed another Tampa Bay run to score in the eighth, making it 6-3, then a sharp base hit later in the inning by Tim Beckham scored another run followed by another from Chris Carter that brought in another.

    The Carter single forced Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to replace reliever Justin Thomas, who is fighting for a bullpen spot after spending some time with the major league club last season.

    Garrett Atkins, a corner infielder for the Pirates, hit a double to left in the ninth that scored a run and catcher Ryan Doumit's groundout later in the inning scored Atkins, but it wasn't enough.

    The same two teams will play tomorrow, clashing at Bradenton's McKechnie Field in the Pirates' Grapefruit League home opener.

    Kevin Correia, acquired as a free agent in the offseason after going 10-10 for the San Diego Padres last season, is the scheduled starter for the Pirates. He is slated to pitch the first two innings.


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    Can't we just play Manatee all of the time?

    It won't help attendance, but I'll bet we would play at least .500 for the first time in nearly two decades.

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    We rebounded with a 10-3 win yesterday!

    McCutchen has big day as Pirates top Rays
    By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | 02/27/11 4:37 PM EST

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Led by three-hit games from Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones, the Pirates earned their first Grapefruit League victory of the year with a 10-3 win over the Rays at McKechnie Field on Sunday.

    Though McCutchen played just five innings, he finished only a triple short of hitting for the cycle. His day began with a line-drive home run to left off of Rays starter James Shields, who allowed an American League-high 34 homers last season.

    Shields, who was making his spring debut, retired the other three batters he faced in his only inning of work.

    McCutchen later tied the game at 2 when he singled, stole second and scored on Jones' two-out, fourth-inning double. An RBI double one inning later capped McCutchen's day.

    One day after beating the Pirates, the Rays jumped out to an early lead against right-hander Kevin Correia in Pittsburgh's first home game of the spring. Scheduled to throw two innings, Correia was pulled with one out in the second after reaching his pitch limit.

    Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings walked, stole second and scored on two groundouts to give Tampa Bay a first-inning run. Consecutive singles by Felipe Lopez and Casey Kotchman and a walk to Joe Inglett then ended Correia's day in the second. Minor League pitcher Ryan Beckman replaced Correia and allowed one inherited runner to score in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

    Tampa Bay reliever Chris Bootcheck, who is battling for a bullpen spot, shouldered the loss after giving up the Rays' one-run lead in the fourth. After allowing Jones' double, Bootcheck watched Jones score the go-ahead run when Ryan Doumit's flyball to right-center got lost in the sky and dropped between Jennings and Matt Joyce.

    Pittsburgh extended its lead with a pair of two-out runs in the fifth. McCutchen's double was sandwiched between extra-base hits by Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. All three hits came off right-hander Jonah Bayliss.

    In his first appearance since being named the team's closer, Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth. He walked one and struck out two.

    Up next for the Rays: The Rays will host the Pirates in a 1:05 ET game Monday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Jeff Niemann will make his first start of the spring and the Rays' No. 3 starter will likely pitch an inning. Of interest, Rays fans will get their first looks at right-handers Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta, who are the top candidates to become the Rays' closer. Also seeing action will be right-handers Alex Cobb, Dane De La Rosa, and Cory Wade, along with left-handers Cesar Ramos, R.J. Swindle, and Jack McGee. Manny Ramirez is scheduled to start in left field, with Johnny Damon as the DH.

    Up next for the Pirates: The Pirates will split up on Monday, with part of the club staying at McKechnie Field to face the Orioles and the rest traveling to Port Charlotte, Fla., for another game against the Rays. Both games are scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET.

    Paul Maholm will be making his spring debut in the home contest. He and Jeff Karstens are both scheduled to throw two innings. Tyler Yates, who hasn't pitched in a Spring Training game since 2009, is also in line to make an appearance. Minor League right-hander Bryan Morris is one of five pitchers scheduled to pitch against Tampa Bay.

    Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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    Jennings, CF2100112.000
    Furmaniak, 2B2000014.000
    Fuld, LF3000011.000
    Mayora, 3B2000014.000
    Shoppach, C2001000.000
    Lobaton, C2010010.500
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    Lopez, F, 3B21200001.000
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    Guyer, CF2000002.250
    Ruggiano, DH2000014.000
    a-Chirinos, PH-DH1111100.750
    Inglett, 2B1000111.000
    Beckham, T, SS2010001.667
    Olmedo, SS2001002.000
    Carter, LF2020000.750
    Totals343934824.303
    a-Walked for Ruggiano in the 7th.
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    Bowker, LF2000003.000
    Walker, N, 2B3110000.333
    d'Arnaud, C, 2B12111001.000
    McCutchen, A, CF3332000.500
    Wimberly, CF1100101.000
    Alvarez, 3B3011011.200
    Marte, A, 3B10121001.000
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    Pearce, 1B2001002.000
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    Jaramillo, J, C11110001.000
    Fields, DH4000014.000
    Cedeno, SS3000002.000
    Rodriguez, Jo, SS1110000.500
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    BATTING
    HR: Chirinos (1, 9th inning off Leroux, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Lobaton; Lopez, F 2; Kotchman 2; Chirinos 4; Beckham, T; Carter 2.
    RBI: Shoppach (1), Olmedo (1), Chirinos (5).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jennings 2; Inglett; Guyer 2; Mayora.
    GIDP: Ruggiano; Mayora.
    Team RISP: 0-for-15.
    Team LOB: 8.

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Jennings (1, 2nd base off Correia/Doumit), Anderson (1, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Doumit).


    BATTING
    2B: Jones, G 2 (2, Bootcheck, Bayliss), Doumit (1, Bootcheck), McCutchen, A (1, Bayliss), Alvarez (1, Bayliss), Marte, A (1, De Los Santos, R).
    3B: Walker, N (1, Bayliss).
    HR: McCutchen, A (1, 1st inning off Shields, J, 0 on, 2 out), Jaramillo, J (1, 8th inning off De Los Santos, R, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Walker, N 3; d'Arnaud, C; McCutchen, A 7; Alvarez 2; Marte, A 2; Jones, G 5; Doumit 2; Jaramillo, J 4; Rodriguez, Jo.
    RBI: McCutchen, A 2 (2), Jones, G (1), Doumit (2), Alvarez (1), Pearce (1), Jaramillo, J (1), d'Arnaud, C (1), Marte, A 2 (2).
    2-out RBI: McCutchen, A 2; Jones, G; Doumit; Alvarez; d'Arnaud, C; Marte, A 2.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fields 2; Overbay; Bowker 2; Lambo; Pearce.
    Team RISP: 6-for-19.
    Team LOB: 7.

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Doumit (1, 2nd base off Baker/Lobaton), McCutchen, A (1, 2nd base off Bootcheck/Shoppach), Jones, G (1, 3rd base off Baker/Lobaton).

    FIELDING
    PB: Doumit (1).
    DP: 2 (Cedeno-Walker, N-Overbay, Rodriguez, Jo-d'Arnaud, C-Pearce).



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    Torres(H, 1)2.01000000.00
    Bootcheck(BS, 1)(L, 0-1)1.032202018.00
    Bayliss1.042211018.00
    Baker1.20112105.40
    De Los Santos, R1.044410136.00
    Swindle0.10000000.00
    Totals8.01310104427.41

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    Correia1.122221013.50
    Beckman, R1.20000000.00
    Burres(W, 1-0)2.02000300.00
    Hanrahan(H, 1)1.00001200.00
    Veras, J(H, 1)1.01001200.00
    Watson, T1.01000000.00
    Leroux1.03110019.00
    Totals9.09334814.24


    Bayliss pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

    WP: Torres, De Los Santos, R.
    Pitches-strikes: Shields, J 7-5, Torres 8-7, Bootcheck 10-10, Bayliss 13-9, Baker 15-7, De Los Santos, R 15-9, Swindle 1-1, Correia 17-8, Beckman, R 5-5, Burres 13-13, Hanrahan 11-7, Veras, J 12-8, Watson, T 4-4, Leroux 6-6.
    Groundouts-flyouts: Shields, J 1-2, Torres 4-2, Bootcheck 0-1, Bayliss 0-2, Baker 3-1, De Los Santos, R 2-1, Swindle 0-1, Correia 2-1, Beckman, R 4-0, Burres 2-1, Hanrahan 1-0, Veras, J 0-1, Watson, T 2-1, Leroux 2-1.
    Batters faced: Shields, J 4, Torres 7, Bootcheck 6, Bayliss 8, Baker 7, De Los Santos, R 8, Swindle 1, Correia 8, Beckman, R 5, Burres 7, Hanrahan 4, Veras, J 5, Watson, T 4, Leroux 5.
    Inherited runners-scored: Baker 2-0, De Los Santos, R 1-0, Swindle 1-0, Beckman, R 3-1.
    Umpires: HP: Bill Welke. 1B: Tim Welke. 2B: John Hirschbeck. 3B: Paul Emmel.
    Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
    Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
    T: 3:27.
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