(photo by Paul Videla) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, not wearing a hat in the above picture taken during his rehab stint this summer with the Bradenton Marauders, blasted his first home run of the spring this afternoon at McKechnie Field.
It was his first hit of the spring, too.
Alvarez smacked a 3-2 offering from Toronto's Kyle Drabek over the wall in left and off the Bradenton Boys & Girls Club in the second inning.
Josh Harrison and Alex Presley had run-scoring hits in the inning to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates are banking on a bounce-back year for Alvarez, who hit .191 with four home runs and was limited to 74 games because of injuries last season.