Saturday, March 10, 2012

Six done at McKechnie Field

- It's 4-2 Twins heading into the top of the seventh here at McKechnie Field. Danny Valencia cracked a three-home run for Minnesota during the top of the sixth, while Casey McGehee and Chase d'Arnaud have knocked in runs for the Pirates.

- A.J. Burnett is back in camp a week after undergoing surgery to repair a bone fracture around his right eye. Check out Sunday's edition of The Bradenton Herald for more on Burnett's recovery. Burnett said he doesn't do Facebook or Twitter - "I'm a grown up" - but likes the doctored online pictures of him donning a Pirates eye patch, suggesting he should be the team's new logo.

"If you can't laugh at yourself," Burnett said, "you've got problems."

- Quincy Latimore, who knocked in 100 runs with the Bradenton Marauders in 2010, is now in right field for the Pirates.

- Former Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit, who is now with the Twins, did not make the trip to Bradenton. But Steve Pearce did. Pearce was named the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year in 2007 and signed a minor-league contract with the Twins in December.

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