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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Chris Dickerson is greeted at the dugout after making a diving catch against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Chris Dickerson is greeted at the dugout after making a diving catch against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco waits on deck during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco waits on deck during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates right fielder Jaff Decker leaps for a ball at the outfield wall next to center fielder Chris Dickerson against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates right fielder Jaff Decker leaps for a ball at the outfield wall next to center fielder Chris Dickerson against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer scores past Rays catcher Jose Molina Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer scores past Rays catcher Jose Molina Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates designated hitter Russell Martin is greeted at the dugout after hitting a three-run homer against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates designated hitter Russell Martin is greeted at the dugout after hitting a three-run homer against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates designated hitter Russell Martin celebrates with Gaby Sanchez after hitting a three-run homer against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates designated hitter Russell Martin celebrates with Gaby Sanchez after hitting a three-run homer against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Neil Walker makes a rolling catch in front of right fielder Gregory Polanco during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Neil Walker makes a rolling catch in front of right fielder Gregory Polanco during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed a run on four hits and struck out three in a victory over the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed a run on four hits and struck out three in a victory over the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates third Pedro Alvarez waits to bat in the dugout during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Alvarez batted cleanup in the game.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates third Pedro Alvarez waits to bat in the dugout during a game against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Alvarez batted cleanup in the game.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates third Pedro Alvarez drives in a run during the first inning against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Alvarez batted cleanup in the game.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates third Pedro Alvarez drives in a run during the first inning against the Rays on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Alvarez batted cleanup in the game.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
 

Laser show: The Pirates roughed up Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, scoring five times in the first inning on four hits and an error before Moore struck out Gregory Polanco, the No. 8 hitter, for the first out. Moore lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing six runs.

The bomb: Russell Martin crushed his team-best third home run of the spring in the fourth inning to give the Pirates a 9-1 lead.

Dealing: After a shaky first inning, Francisco Liriano settled down to allow one run over three innings. Liriano generated a number of swings-and-misses with his off-speed pitches, which appeared to be in mid-season form.

Stock up:Gaby Sanchez went 2 for 2 and drilled a two-run double off Moore. Sanchez is a noted lefty masher, but he has a chance to become more than a platoon option this season.

Stock down: Starling Marte was hit by another pitch to lead off the game. This is not how the Pirates want their leadoff man reaching base.

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