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Pregame: Alvarez Loses Toe Tap, Pirates vs. Rays

Pregame: Alvarez Loses Toe Tap, Pirates vs. Rays

Good morning from McKechnie Field. Today is my last day in Bradenton for spring training. I fly back to Pittsburgh in the morning. I've spent over 40 days here in Florida, and have enjoyed covering the team. But at the same time, I'm looking forward to heading back and for the season to start. Just wanted to thank everyone for reading my coverage this spring.

The Pirates will face the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 today. Manager Clint Hurdle has elected to use all bullpen arms today to get them some work in since the starters are pitching deeper into games. Lefty Tony Watson will get the "start". Brad Lincoln and Jason Grilli are also expected to pitch. The Rays will send lefty Matt Moore to the mound.
The Buccos lost 11-6 to the Twins in Bradenton yesterday. Here is the recap. Pedro Alvarez picked up two hits on the day after eliminating his toe tap. Alvarez incorporated the toe tap over the offseason, but after struggling at the plate this spring (7-for-42, .167 avg with 20 strikeouts), ...

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