BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon.

Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning. Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame with a hit into shallow right field just out of reach of Neil Walker's glove. In the 3rd, Gerald Laird leadoff the inning with a single into left field.

"The sinker had better life than it did previously," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Even though he was getting some balls on the ground. The sinker action was there. He threw some nice curveballs today as w...

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