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Spring training breakdown: Curve 8, Pirates 6

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (right) celebrates his grand slam with teammates during an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (right) celebrates his grand slam with teammates during an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates closer Jason Grilli starts for the Curve during an exhibition game Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates closer Jason Grilli starts for the Curve during an exhibition game Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tags out the Curve's Mel Rojas Jr. during an exhibition game Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tags out the Curve's Mel Rojas Jr. during an exhibition game Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates reliever Jared Hughes greets the Pirate Parrot during introductions before an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona. Hughes pitched for the Curve.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates reliever Jared Hughes greets the Pirate Parrot during introductions before an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona. Hughes pitched for the Curve.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Neil Walker signs autographs for fans before an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Neil Walker signs autographs for fans before an exhibition game against the Curve on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
 

Pirates starter: James McDonald 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP

Curve starter: Jason Grilli 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K

Which way do I go?: Jason Grilli, Jared Hughes and Justin Wilson each pitched one inning, and Tony Watson pitched 23 of an inning for Altoona. All four started toward the Pirates' dugout after the third out before turning and going to the Curve's side.

Stars come out: Altoona announced it will host the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game on July 16, 2014. It will be the second time the franchise has hosted the game and first time since 2006.

Stock up: Starling Marte crushed a grand slam to left field off Tony Watson to tie the game, 4-4, in the second inning. Marte, who won the Eastern League batting title in Altoona in 2011, had just one RBI and no home runs this spring.

Stock down: James McDonald had a rocky first inning. The right-hander threw 38 pitches to nine batters, gave up four runs and three hits, threw a wild pitch, walked three and allowed two stolen bases.

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