Spring game report: Pirates 5, Phillies 0

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Starter: Adam Wilk -- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB.

Hitter: Batting from the right side of the plate, Neil Walker hit a home run off Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning that sailed over the tiki bar in left field. His previous home run batting right-handed was May 6, 2011, off Wandy Rodriguez. On Sunday, Walker went 2 for 3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Of note: The Pirates will be televised three times this week. Today's game vs. the Yankees will be on Root Sports at 1:05 p.m., Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. game at the Red Sox will be on Root Sports and Friday's 7:05 p.m. game at the Yankees will be on Root Sports and MLB Network.

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Left-hander Adam Wilk got his first start of the spring against the Phillies and pitched three scoreless innings.

Wilk, a former Detroit Tigers prospect coming off a stint in South Korea, has pitched in relief all spring and is projected to provide bullpen depth.

"I just looked up on the [lineup] sheet and I was listed first," Wilk said. "I figure there might've been a hole. I knew it was a really windy day, but you can't start thinking about that. I was just working on keeping the ball down, getting movement on the ball and getting ahead."

Manager Clint Hurdle has found creative ways to stretch pitchers out, regardless if they are classified as a starter or reliever.

"He was very efficient again. Has shown command of the fastball, kept the ball down, used his cutter extremely well. To the left-handers, it was a good go-to pitch," Hurdle said. "Threw some good changeups and curveballs to the right-handers. Threw 36, 37 pitches in three innings."

Wilk said he has felt good this spring.

"When we were throwing bullpens every couple of days, I was feeling pretty good there. I'm not a guy who blows in the mid-90s. I've got to keep the ball down, keep my pitches working," he said. "Trying to get myself ready for wherever I start."


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