The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal.
Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and often a player was thrown in to the batting order at random spots. Throughout the game, players who weren't participants would jog laps around the warning track. Pirates' coaches would stand in an open gate in center field and watch the game. But the important thing was getting work in, and the Pirates definitely capitalized on that opportunity.
The Pirates used the B-game to play a few players in positions they don't normally see. Matt Hague started at third base, a position he played 17 times last year in AAA, and 66 times in his minor league career, but a position he hasn't played yet this Spring. Josh Harrison played at shortstop. Harrison only has one game at shor...
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