Pirates Game Day: Pirates 3, Rays 2
By Rob Biertempfel
Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:51 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013
pirates game day
braves at pirates, 1:05 p.m.
McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
Radio: KDKA-AM (1020), Pirates Radio Network
Braves starter: RHP Julio Teheran
Pirates starter: RHP James McDonald
pirates 3, rays 2
Jeff Locke 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO
Roberto Hernandez 1 IP
Trip-trip-triple: Felix Pie hit an RBI triple to center. It's the second day in a row the Pirates have hit a three-bagger.
Great escape: RHP Chris Leroux got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth. He got Jose Molina on a popup and struck out Luke Scott.
On the run: After grounding to short, Travis Snider hustled to first base to avoid a double play. When Garrett Jones followed with a grounder, Snider wisely held up between first and second, which allowed Starling Marte to score from third base.
Oops: With two outs in the eighth, Pirates CF Darren Ford lost Kevin Kiermaier's fly ball in the sun. It landed on the warning track for a two-run double.
Two-fer: Ford played the final five innings and went 2 for 2 with a stolen base and one RBI.
Locke set the bar high to begin the battle for the No. 5 starter job.Stock down
The Rays' anthem singer was off key from the first note and never recovered.
pirates at Twins, 1:05 p.m.
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