Spring training report: Pirates 7, Baltimore Orioles 7

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Starter: Gerrit Cole. 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, who went 2 for 4.

Of note: Starling Marte went 2 for 5 and led off the game with a home run.

News of the day

Cole allowed three home runs, the second consecutive day in which a Pirates starter has done so. Nick Markakis led off the bottom of the first with a home run. Chris Davis got one up into the wind, which blew out to left field, in the third. Cole looked surprised as it cleared the wall. Ryan Flaherty crushed one to center field in the sixth.

"It's not fun giving up six runs and three bombs," Cole said. "But a game like that, there's a lot of glaring negatives. Sometimes you got to look for the positives."

Cole said he approached certain situations in the game the way he would in the regular season rather than continuing to focus on sharpening a specific pitch. He was pleased with a mechanical adjustment he made in the third inning.

Injury update

General manager Neal Huntington said starting pitcher Francisco Liriano's tight left groin was "Not 100 percent, but not a major concern for us at this point in time." Liriano might finish his spring work at Pirate City in minor league or simulated games, Huntington said, so the Pirates can control the circumstances. Liriano, the Pirates' opening-day starter, left his outing Thursday against Baltimore in the sixth inning because of the tightness.


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