March 12, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

The Pirates host the Indians at 1:05. Tony Armas Jr. will start for the Bucs against Jeremy Sowers (LH). Shane Youman, Dan Kolb and John Wasdin will also pitch for the Pirates.

The Pirates lost, 9-8, to the Reds. Tom Gorzelanny started allowing four runs in 3 innings of work. John Grabow also had a tough outing giving up three runs in the 8th inning in taking the loss. Jason Bay started in left, the first time his glove has seen time in a game. Jose Hernandez had two hits and Jose Bautista had two RBI.

The 28-year-old righthander is making his third appearance and second start of the spring. He has posted a 1.80 ERA in two appearances this spring. Armas started at the Twins on 3/7 going 3 innings allowing three hits and one earned run. In his first appearance of the spring against the Braves, Tony retired all six batters he faced.

The Pirates an off day, their only one of the spring. Wednesday the Pirates travel to Fort Myers to meet the Red Sox at 1:05. Zach Duke is expected to start for the Bucs against Kasan Gabbard (LH). Also scheduled to pitch are Ian Snell, John Grabow and Kevin Gryboski.

The Pirates are facing a left-handed starter for the third game in a row and for the fifth time in their last six games. Another lefty, Kasan Gabbard, is scheduled for Wednesday in Fort Myers.

The Pirates have 10 or more hits in each of their last eight games. They enter today’s game with a .292 team batting average, fourth among the 18 teams playing in the Grapefruit League.
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