Jonathan Sanchez looks to improve on his 8.07 ERA from a year ago.

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first regular season start for the Pirates on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

"Jonathan has made as good a stride as anyone we had in camp, with the command, with the four-pitch mix," Hurdle said. "He's excited. He's in the best place he's been: physically, self-confidence, all those things packed together."

Catcher Michael McKenry (not in tonight's lineup) spoke highly of Sanchez's deception with his pitches. He also said that Sanchez was much more comfortable starting than out of the bullpen. Over his four spring training starts, Sanchez had a 3.68 ERA, generated 14 strikeouts and allowed three walks over 13.2 innings.

"He's all about filling up the zone," McKenr...

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