Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Twins 3
Champion Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Opp. name starter: RHP Bartolo Colon
Pirates starter: RHP Tyler Glasnow
Radio: 93.7 FM
PIRATES 4, twins 3
Healthy stew: Veteran catcher Chris Stewart looks fresher and, as manager Clint Hurdle put it Sunday, “spunky” this spring after an injury-riddled 2016. Stewart's two-out double to left in the third inning drove in three runs, and he singled in his other plate appearance. Stewart even appeared swift running the bases. “He seems to be in a good place right now,” Hurdle said. “… He's building up strength and stamina. … He felt good enough to take off and run today. So there you go.”
More dominance: Another outing, another shutdown effort from Felipe Rivero. The Pirates' hardthrowing lefty reliever has allowed one baserunner (a single) in five innings with six strikeouts. On Sunday, Rivero pitched the seventh inning. He's appeared in the fifth (twice), the sixth and the seventh innings in his other spring training outings. Rivero typically has faced overmatched minor leaguers because it's late in games and many top players are at the World Baseball Classic. “He's throwing strikes and has shown good finish from the fastball, and he's following his glove,” Hurdle said. “Those are the indicators that you can watch, regardless of who's in the box hitting against him. And the velocity's been firm.” Rivero was in the high 90s mph Sunday.
Hello, Newman: Shortstop Kevin Newman, the Pirates' first-round pick two years ago, lined a single to center in his lone plate appearance, giving him four hits in his past five at-bats.
‘The Hit Collector' returns: Matt Hague spent seven seasons in the Pirates' system and appeared in 33 major league games. He earned the nickname “The Hit Collector” during a spring in Pirates' camp. He was in Bradenton as the designated hitter for the Blue Jays. His spring average is .500 in 18 at-bats.