BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeff Karstens made another case for being the Bucs Opening Day starter on April 5th at PNC Park in the Pirates 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field. On Saturday, Karstens allowed one run on three hits over five innings with three walks and five strikeouts in his second official Grapefruit League start this spring.
Although the Pirates have been mum on who they will give the Opening Day nod to, Karstens is a candidate for the job.
'We’re going to continue to evaluate," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Jeff has done a real good job. [Pitching Coach] Ray [Searage] and I were talking before the game. 2010 he was just about every trip to pitch backup innings. The emergence he did in ‘11, and what he’s done this spring to carry it over through last season. He’s definitely somebody we’ll have conversation about."
The Rays' designated hitter Luke Scott hit a chopper up the middle off Karstens to start the first inning. With one out,...