Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 3/5/13
The Pirates have been struggling through some more spring training games, but nobody really cares (or should care) about the results at this point. Today, they’ll take on Team Spain of the WBC (no audio or TV though). Gerrit Cole will start for the Bucs. Notes:  Some WBC games are already in the books in the Eastern Hemisphere, but most games involving MLB players start on Thursday. Keep an eye out for Jameson Taillon (who will reportedly get the start for Canada against the U.S. on Sunday), Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Leroux, and Jason Grilli on MLB Network this weekend. The Cubs have named Jeff Samardzija their Opening Day starter, so he will be A.J. Burnett‘s mound opponent on April 1st at PNC. Samardzija tossed a gem in Pittsburgh in his final start of 2012, and Burnett had success against the Cubs last year as well, so it shapes up to be a good matchup. Again, it’s too early to tell much at this point, but Gaby Sanchez and Jose Tabata are among those turning heads in the early portion of spring training.
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