Pirates spring training report: Pirates 7, Red Sox 6
March 3, 2014 9:36 PM
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Pirates' catcher Russell Martin singles against the Red Sox Monday afternoon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Game: Pirates 7, Boston Red Sox 6.
Starter: Francisco Liriano — 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Hitter: Starling Marte went 2 for 3 with two singles and a strikeout. He singled deep to short to open the game for his first hit of spring training. He was 0 for 9 coming into the game. In the third he singled to left. Both hits were off Boston starter Brandon Workman.
Of note: Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen each had two hits. Alvarez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a home run off Workman. McCutchen went 2 for 3 with a stolen base.
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Francisco Liriano had an efficient 25-pitch outing. He threw two innings in his second start of spring.
He said he worked on his sinker, and plans to continue to do so.
“I got better command [Monday]. I’ve got to keep working on it and trying to get better every outing, so that’s the plan for me,” he said. “Just trying to get better every start and get ready for the season.”
Since his outing was so short, he threw an extra 10 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game.
“That got my pitch count higher and will go three innings next time,” Liriano said.
Manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with the outing.
“Francisco was in very good rhythm, very good command. Velocity, all of it was sharp,” Hurdle said. “Second inning he was able to tighten some things up and make some pitches.
Gaby Sanchez (knee) is still listed as day to day.
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