Game: Blue Jays 4, Pirates 2.
Starter: Gerrit Cole — 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Hitter: Pedro Alvarez — 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Of note: Brent Morel, whom the Pirates claimed off waivers this week, made his Pirates debut and went 1 for 2.
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Cole and Jameson Taillon wanted to hone their timing and keep the fastball down in the zone in their first outing in spring training. Taillon also worked on improving his ability to control opposing baserunners.
“That’s a big thing I need to work on,” he said. “You can’t hide it, runners have taken advantage of me in the minor leagues a bit. That’s one of the last things I need to take care of. I’m never going to be a one [second] flat to the plate, but if I can hold the ball, mix my looks, mix in a quick step here and there and show a good pick move, I think that’s the package I need. It’s a great time to work on it.”
Cole allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning but retired the side in order in the second, striking out two looking.
“Steady mix of four-seam and two-seam [fastballs], a little more four-seams in the second inning, I think,” Cole said. “Just trying to stay in the bottom of the zone. I got a little bit more feel for the timing in the second inning and started to move some balls around.”
Manager Clint Hurdle said Travis Snider, who had offseason toe surgery, could serve as the designated hitter Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.