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Bucs Bats Combine for 18 Hits in 10-3 Win

Bucs Bats Combine for 18 Hits in 10-3 Win

SARASOTA, Fla. -- After combining for 12 hits over their first two games this spring, the Pirates bats belted out 18 hits off the Baltimore Oriole's pitchers in the 10-3 win at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarastota, Fla on Monday.

Leading the hot bucco bats was infielder Matt Hague, who in his first Major League camp is looking to make the big league club. Hague went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI batting cleanup as the Bucs designated hitter.

"He’s finding grass. He hit one over the wall," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I told him to give away his gloves. We’re going to get him out on the field here sooner than later, but we’re just making sure we feed him some at-bats early. So far as advertised. We’ll just continue to get him work. We’ll get him on both corners as well. He’s been a professional hitter throughout his career."

The Pirates quickly took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off lefty Brian Matusz. Alex Presley hit a single into shallow left field to leadoff the game. J...

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