Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Contract doesn't dim McCutchen's focus

(photo by John Lembo)

Andrew McCutchen never appeared to be distracted or bogged down by the status of his contract.

But weeks after signing a $51.5 million deal that will keep him in Pittsburgh for six more years, the All-Star centerfielder doesn't plan on going about his business any differently.

"It's good it's over, but I've still got to stay motivated, still got to stay ready," he said. "Keep going out and keep challenging myself."

McCutchen entered Tuesday's game against the host New York Yankees batting .375 in nine games this spring. He has one home run and his seven RBIs are tied for tops on the team with Alex Presley.

He homered to left off Yankees starter Michael Pineda in the top of the first inning.

McCutchen hit just .259 last year but established career highs in home runs (23) and RBIs (89) en route to making his first All-Star team.

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