Spring training report: Rays 6, Pirates 3


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Starter: Edinson Volquez 31/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Hitter: Second baseman Michael Martinez continued to help his case for a contract, going 2 for 3.

Of note: Charlie Morton went five innings in a start against the New York Yankees' Class AAA team at Pirate City. He gave up three hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four.

News of the day

The Pirates got two scoreless innings Saturday from reliever Vin Mazzaro, who had a perfect fifth inning with three strikeouts.

Only one batter reached base in the sixth -- on an error -- and Mazzaro quickly induced a groundout and fly ball out to end the inning.

"[Saturday] you probably saw his best outing this spring off the mound," said manager Clint Hurdle who attributed his pitcher's success in 2013 to a change from a starter to a reliever.

"Sometimes this game can beat you down and get you in a tough place. I think the change of role helped him, not going through a lineup three times," Hurdle said. "His stuff got better, his stuff played better. ... Then confidence started breeding. Then he got with a group of men out in that bullpen and they all were challenging each other. It was a very good season."

Injury update

Jeff Locke (right side) pitched Saturday in a bullpen session.


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