Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Over and out

(photo by John Lembo)

On the same day the Pirates announced his six-year, $51.5 million contract, Andrew McCutchen had two hits and two RBIs in a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees in front of 6,595 fans at McKechnie Field.
It was McKechine’s first sellout of the spring.
Clint Barmes went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Pirates (2-2), whose pitchers have allowed two earned runs over the last 21 innings.
The Pirates had 16 hits and have tallied 34 over their last two games.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Yamaico Navarro, Pittsburgh’s designated hitter Tuesday, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and has five hits in his last six at bats.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Former Bradenton Marauder Starling Marte had two hits Tuesday and is 5 for his last 5. Marte, 23, was named the Eastern League’s Rookie of the Year last year with the Pirates’ Double-A team in Altoona, Pa. He led the league in batting (.332) hits (178) and doubles (38).
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s very coachable.” - Yankees manager Joe Girardi referring to Bradenton’s J.R. Murphy, currently in his first big-league camp. Murphy went 0-for-1 Tuesday.
UP NEXT: The Pirates are back in Bradenton Wednesday for their third meeting of the spring with the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Jeff Karstens will start for the Pirates against Toronto’s Kyle Drabek. Kyle’s father, Doug, won the National League Cy Young Award in 1990 pitching for the Pirates.

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