BRADENTON, Fla. - Trevor Williams and Steven Brault trained together over the offseason and now live together while in Bradenton for Spring Training. The fact they are close friends doesn't change the reality that they are in a fierce competition for the last spot in the Pirates' starting rotation with fellow pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Drew Hutchison.

The competition between Williams and Brault is a little more contested in camp, as they have piggybacked off of each other for each of their Spring Training appearances, with Williams getting the start and Brault coming off of the bench today.

Williams' pitch count was elevated this afternoon, preventing him from going his scheduled three innings of work. He finished after going 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck ...

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