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McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

ST. Pete, Fla. --Right-hander Jeff Karstens got the start against the Netherlands in part of the Intentional Baseball Tournament held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the stats don't count towards Grapefruit League game scores, Karstens tossed four shutout frames on Monday scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

"With everything going on, it was kind of hard to focus because we’re not used to playing at this field," Karstens said. "Just kind of everything that went along with it. Focus wise, it was good. I was able to do some things. I made some bad pitches. Ideally probably not the game plan I would pitch but I was able to get my work in and be efficient, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do every time out."

In Karstens second inning of work, he quickly worked himself into a jam. After starting the frame with back-to-back singles, Karstens tried to pick off the runner at second base. His throw, however, reflected off the glove of Jos...

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