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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 5, Tigers 2

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates catcher Chris Stewart tags out the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates catcher Chris Stewart tags out the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is greeted at the dugout after scoring on a squeeze bunt during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is greeted at the dugout after scoring on a squeeze bunt during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The Tigers' Don Kelly slides under Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison with a double during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>The Tigers' Don Kelly slides under Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison with a double during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates cright fielder Jaff Decker lays down a squeeze bunt during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates cright fielder Jaff Decker lays down a squeeze bunt during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates catcher Chris Stewart tags out the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates catcher Chris Stewart tags out the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison loses his helmet on a double during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison loses his helmet on a double during a game against the Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison slides into second base with a double next to the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison slides into second base with a double next to the Tigers' Hernan Perez during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Gregory Polanco doubles against the Tigers during a spring training game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Gregory Polanco doubles against the Tigers during a spring training game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers to the Tigers' Don Kelly during the second inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers to the Tigers' Don Kelly during the second inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata passes the time with a gum bubble during batting practice before a game against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata passes the time with a gum bubble during batting practice before a game against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro pitches to the Tigers' Torii Hunter during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro pitches to the Tigers' Torii Hunter during a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Detroit Tigers special assistant Jim Leyland hugs Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Detroit Tigers special assistant Jim Leyland hugs Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before a game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Gregory Polanco runs down a fly ball hit by the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera during the fourth inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Gregory Polanco runs down a fly ball hit by the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera during the fourth inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers to the Tigers' Austin Jackson during the second inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers to the Tigers' Austin Jackson during the second inning Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.

Pirates/MLB Videos

Wednesday's game

at Blue Jays

1:05 p.m.

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Fla.

Radio: 93.7 FM

Blue Jays starter: RHP Brandon Morrow

Pirates starter: RHP Jay Jackson

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
 

Great throw: Check out the big arm on RF Jaff Decker. He made a great throw to C Chris Stewart and retired Hernan Perez, who tried to score from second base on a single.

Small ball: Three consecutive hits, including two that didn't leave the infield, helped the Pirates score three runs in the third. Decker got an RBI single on what looked to be a squeeze attempt. Jose Tabata beat the throw from SS Eugenio Suarez for a single. Gregory Polanco whipped a run-scoring double to right. Tabata scored on Pedro Alvarez's ground out.

Well armed: RHP Charlie Morton has allowed one hit in five scoreless innings this spring. Pirates starting pitchers have allowed one unearned run over the past four games (eight innings pitched).

Stock up: The Pirates' running game. Quincy Latimore and Alen Hanson each swiped a bag, giving the Pirates 11 steals in seven games, tops in the majors this spring. The team has been liberal with delayed steals, hit-and-runs and taking extra bases. “We are running the bases extremely well right now,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Stock down: A fielding error by 1B Chris McGuiness led to two unearned runs in the fourth inning. With two outs and Steve Lombardozzi on first, Austin Jackson hit a line-drive homer to left field.

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