Saturday, March 31, 2012

Goodbye, Pirates

Alex Presley homered and Garrett Jones drove in a pair of runs as the Pirates and Baltimore Orioles played to a 6-6, nine-inning tie during the final Grapefruit League of the spring at McKechnie Field.
The split-squad Pirates also lost 15-3 to the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, running their record to 8-18-2.
Rod Barajas had two hits for the Pirates in a game that included a 46-minute rain delay.
The Pirates drew 82,390 fans this spring, the third-largest total in McKechnie Field history, for an average of 5,492, falling just short of the mark set last year (5,500).
Saturday's attendance was 3,720.

STAR OF THE GAME: Minor-league free agent Jose Diaz tossed a scoreless inning Saturday, giving him 4 1/3 shutout innings this spring. Opponents went 1-for-14 this spring against Diaz, who spent all spring in minor-league camp.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Former Bradenton Marauder Aaron Baker, who was traded to the Orioles last year in exchange for Derrek Lee, hit his first home run of the spring. Baker hit 15 home runs and drove in 73 runs with the Marauders last year prior to the July trade.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: "I'm trying to get out of the way, and I bunted. How you do that, I don't know." - Pirates starter Erik Bedard, who bunted in a run Saturday.
UP NEXT: The Pirates play their final exhibition game in Florida today when they head to Dunedin to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeff Karstens will pitch for Pittsburgh against Toronto's Brandon Morrow. The Pirates play exhibition games Monday and Tuesday in Philadelphia against the Phillies, who come to PNC Park on Thursday for each team's regular-season opener.

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