Pirates spring training report: Baltimore Orioles 4, Pirates 2

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Starter: Francisco Liriano -- 52/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Hitter: Andrew McCutchen, who went 1 for 2 with a walk and hit his fourth home run this spring.

Of note: Vin Mazzaro, who is competing for the final spot in the bullpen, allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in 11/3 innings of relief. He allowed a double steal that put Jemile Weeks on third. Weeks later scored on a sacrifice fly.

News of the day

Liriano left the game in the sixth because of tightness in his left groin. After a pitch to Adam Jones, catcher Russell Martin, trainer Ben Potenziano and manager Clint Hurdle conferred with Liriano in front of the mound, and Liriano left the game shortly thereafter.

"I just felt a little tightness in my groin," Liriano said. "I didn't want to keep pitching like that."

Liriano said his groin was tight for the whole game and did not get worse on the final pitch he threw.

"I didn't want to push it and get worse," he said.

Liriano, the Pirates' opening-day starter, pitched well until leaving the game.

"I went out there and just pitched," he said. "I wasn't working on anything [in particular]."

Buried treasure

Andrew Lambo had a hit for the second consecutive game after breaking an 0-for-18 streak Wednesday night with a single. He lined a run-scoring single to left-center field off Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland.


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