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Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:27 p.m.
 

Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Sunday's game:

• Carlos Gomez was moved into the leadoff spot midway through spring training, and it has paid off. Through Friday, Gomez was leading the Brewers with a .386 batting average, 17 hits, nine runs, a .438 OBP and a .705 slugging percentage. He also shared the team lead with three homers.

Charlie Morton went 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA in three starts last season against the Brewers. One of those starts was shortened to two innings by a two-hour, 20-minute rain delay. In that game, Morton allowed one unearned run and did not return after the rain stopped.

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C Tony Sanchez was on the field five hours before game time Saturday to do some extra fielding drills. Sanchez will head back to Triple-A Indianapolis as soon as Chris Stewart is healthy, so the coaching staff wants to get as much hands-on time with him as possible.

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