PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After trading for infielder Casey McGehee over the offseason, the Pirates were expecting to enter the 2012 season with a platoon at first base. McGehee would face the left-handed starters, Garrett Jones would start when a righy was on the mound.

But after solid spring training campaigns by several younger players, there might be several more platoons this season.

"One of the challenges that I’m looking forward to is, I have three players on the bench that had the three best springs of anybody down there outside of [Andrew] McCutchen," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We can very well mix things up very dramatically out of the chute with a number of left-handed pitchers that we’re going to face."

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