BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates' 12-9 defeat of the Braves on Friday at LECOM Park brought more of a regular-season feel than any of the previous 20 Grapefruit League games.
That is, a regular-season feel under the best of circumstances for the Pirates.
"That might be the best I've ever felt," Jameson Taillon said after plowing through five efficient, one-hit innings, backing up a potent performance by a lineup that resembled what we'll see when the games start to count.
Taillon continued: "I just felt like my fingers were 'over' the ball. I was spinning it well. Putting it where I wanted, especially the fastball."
Not that Taillon's control is ever much in question -- we're talking about a guy who didn't walk more than two batters in a major-league game until his 18th start -- ...
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