PITTSBURGH - Is there a parallel between Major League Baseball pitchers attempting to engage in offense and anything else in major professional sports?

In what other realm are specialists in one discipline expected to contribute in a completely different aspect of their sport? It's like if hockey goalies were asked to take the opening faceoff of every period, or if football punters had to throw a pass every quarter.

While we contemplate that absurdity, pitchers hitting and running the bases remains a reality for all games competed in National League ballparks, so there's no use arguing about it.

Anyway, it's not completely bereft of interesting moments, like when Jameson Taillon slugged a Tanner Roark fastball for an RBI double in Monday's Pirates loss at Washington.

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