PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The lineup that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park could look similar to what you might see come Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5. Alex Presley, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen filled out the top speedy three of the order. Follow that with second baseman Neil Walker batting cleanup, Garrett Jones playing first base, Rod Barajas behind home plate, Pedro Alvarez at the hot corner and Clint Barmes at shortstop, and you've got a solid lineup.
The Pirates starting pitcher today, right-hander Kevin Correia believes so too.
"Obviously there’s a long way to go and guys have got to stay healthy," Correia said. "There’s always usually a surprise or two at the end of spring. I’m happy with the team we’re putting out there right now. Everyone looks like they’re getting comfortable and more experienced. If that’s what we put out there, I’d definitely have confidence in that team."