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Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

Garrett Jones will be part of a platoon at first base heading in to the 2012 season.

BRADENTON -- Competition can be a good thing. It can fuel guys forward. Over the offseason, the Pirates acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jose Veras. The Pirates entered Spring Training with a draw up of Garrett Jones and McGehee platooning at first base.

Jones, 30, finished the 2011 season with a .243 average, 16 home runs and 68 RBI. McGehee, 29, finished 2011 with the Brewers hitting .223 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI.

"I think that’s the way we’ve drawn it up in the offseason, to know we’re protected from both sides against right and left-handed pitching," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "They've both shown the ability to handle, Jones right-handed [pitching], McGehee left-handed [pitching]."

"McGehee’s actually showed a volume of things from right-handed pitching as well. You look at the seasons he had in '09 and '10 that you saw, especially fro...

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