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Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few years ago, courtesy of Virgil Vasquez.  This time, however, the junior college kids struggled to throw strikes and make routine defensive plays.

Not much can come out of a game like this, but Corey Wimberly showed he knows where his path to the big leagues lies.  He took pitches, tried to bunt his way on, and ran whenever he could.  He opened the game at second and then moved to center.  With Matt Diaz, who's strictly a corner guy, likely to be the only full-time outfielder coming off the bench, Wimberley's ability to play center would give the Pirates somebody other than starting leftfielder Jose Tabata to spell Andrew McCutchen.

The game also made it clear that one of the major competitions this ...

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