Thursday, March 26, 2015

Braves vs. Pirates

Fans take their seats at Thursday's Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates' Grapefruit League game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. JASON DILL/

Today's Grapefruit League game at McKechnie Field could see the attendance mark shattered. The all-time record of 93,433 was set in 2013. Through 12 home games this spring, the Pirates have sold out six of them and have amassed 87, 242 fans this month.
Good weather and strong opponents mixed the the Bucs becoming a playoff contender the past two seasons have aided the spring attendance numbers in 2015.
There are three home games remaining on the docket, and the first one is today's encounter with the Atlanta Braves.
It's the lone time Atlanta travels to McKechnie Field.
Here are the two lineups today:

Atlanta Braves

Eric Young Jr. CF
Jace Peterson 2B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Jonny Gomes LF
Christian Bethancourt C
Kelly Johnson RF
Chris Johnson 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Wandy Rodriguez LHP

Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh Harrison 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Corey Hart RF
Starling Marte LF
Jordy Mercer SS
Pedro Alvarez 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Vance Worley RHP

- Jason Dill

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