Pregame: Pirates vs. Yankees in Tampa

Good afternoon from George M. Steinbrenner Field, formally known as Legend’s field.

  • The Pirates will face the Yankees at 7:05 tonight. Lefty Erik Bedard will face Michael Pineda.
  • Bedard will be making his third start of the spring. Bedard tossed three scoreless frames, giving up just one hit with three strikeouts against the Twins during his last Grapefruit League start on the March 10. Bedard’s last start came on Thursday at Pirate City in a minor league game. He allowed a run (unearned) on a hit with a walk and four strikeouts over three innings.
  • Following Bedard in relief: Daniel McCutchen, Daniel Moskos, Jared Hughes and Ryota Igarashi.
  • Pirates lineup vs. Yankees:

Alex Presley 7

Jose Tabata 9

Andrew McCutchen 8

Neil Walker 4

Garrett Jones 4

Rod Barajas 2

Pedro Alvarez 5

Clint Barmes 6

Erik Bedard 1

  • Extras: Nate McLouth, Jeff Clement, Brandon Boggs, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, Yamaico Navarro, Nick Evans, Casey McGehee, Jake Fox, Eric Fryer, Matt Hague, Miguel Perez (minor leaguer), Mel Rojas Jr. (minor leaguer), Junior Sosa (minor leaguer)
  • Extra arms: Jo-Jo Reyes, Doug Slaten, Kris Johnson (minor leaguer), Sharion Martis
  • Yankees lineup vs. Pirates: Curtis Granderson 8, Nick Swisher 9, Robinson Cano 4, Alex Rodriguez 5, Mark Teixeira 3, Andruw Jones DH, Russell Martin 2, Eduardo Nunez 6, Brett Gardner 7
  • The Pirates will face the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday. It is the first of three straight games at home. Right-hander Kevin Correia will start for the Bucs against Jon Lester. Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek and Juan Cruz are expected to follow in relief.
  • The Pirates are 2-0 in night games this spring, and have four more games scheduled under the lights following tonight’s game.
  • Hot Buccos: Clint Barmes has three hits in his last nine at-bats; Jake Fox has three hits (two homers and a double) in his last six at-bats; Jason Grilli has not surrendered a run is his first five outings (6.0 innings); Matt Hague has four hits in his last nine at-bats; Joel Hanrahan has struck out nine batters in his first four outings (4.0 innings); Josh Harrison has reached base safely 12 times in his first 18 plate appearances and leads the team with five doubles; Andrew McCutchen has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats; Casey McGehee has six hits in his last 17 at-bats; Daniel Moskos has made four scoreless appearances (5.0 innings).