PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- When infielder Matt Hague arrived to the clubhouse at PNC Park on Saturday, he saw Hague with the No. 3 next to his name in a Major League lineup for the first time since breaking camp with the club out of spring training.
"I was excited," Hague said when he saw his name in the lineup card. "A little anxious. But most of all, just glad to be in the lineup and for the opportunity."
The 26-year-old will bat fifth for the Bucs and play first base in his Major League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.
"There will be a lot of emotions out there for Matt," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, the game’s over, whatever happens will have happened. By then he’ll be able to catch his breath and hopefully he’ll settle down and say, ‘I can do this.’ There will be a lot of emotions going on. I’m sure if you spoke to every man out there for the first time, first start. I can remember mine. It was some what o...