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Jose Tabata made strides toward regaining his starting right fielder's job, keying a five-run second inning Sunday with a two-run double and helping the Pittsburgh Pirates build a big lead before holding on for an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros.
Tabata lost his starting job last season when he hit just .243 with three home runs in 103 games. He is competing with Travis Snider and Jerry Sands for a lineup spot this spring.
John Ely, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in an offseason trade, started for Houston and was tagged for five runs - three earned - in 1 2-3 innings.
Brett Wallace hit a three-run double for Houston, which had won three straight. Pittsburgh ended a six-game skid.
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Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday’s start.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates had their third player drop out of the World Baseball Classic since the provisional rosters were announced. First Ivan De Jesus Jr dropped out so he could concentrate on making the Opening Day roster, then Russell Martin bowed out, saying he wasn’t ready to catch nine innings this early in Spring. Martin came up with right shoulder soreness shortly afterwards...
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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.
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A.J. Burnett walked in a pair of runs in Philadelphia's four-run second inning Monday as the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Monday.
Burnett lasted just 1 1-3 inning of a scheduled three because of a high pitch count. The Pirates' opening-day starter allowed four runs, four hits and struck out two.
Phillies fifth starter John Lannan and four relievers combined...
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
McKechnie Field– Bradenton, FL
Weather: 59, Clear
TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.
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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.
1. Revere – CF
2. Young – 3B
3. Utley – 2B
4. Howard – 1B
5. Ruf – LF
6. Brown – RF
7. Mayberry – DH