BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays ended in a 3-3 tie at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Friday afternoon.
Left-hander Tony Watson got the "start" for the Pirates against the Rays on Friday at McKechnie Field. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms to get their regular work in while the starters are starting to pitch deeper into games. It marked Watson's eighth appearance during Grapefruit League action this spring. He tossed two perfect frames while striking out two batters.
"It was definitely different, the routine and everything,” Watson said of starting instead of coming out of the ‘pen. “Just go out there and try to pump the strike zone and get quick outs...I’m trying to finish the spring strong, going into the season. Trying to get the year started off on the right foot."
Despite posting a 6.75 ERA over eight appearances this spring, Watson was happy with the results on the mound. The 26-year-old lefty was focused this ...