Pirates' Sanchez takes day off
Freddy Sanchez, batting .200 and still bothered by shoulder pain, was given Sunday off.
"We're not going to continue to just run him out there every day," manager John Russell said. "It's a cold day, and it's a day game after a night game. Every day he's feeling a little better. Some days are better than others."
LaRoche down with flu
Adam LaRoche was a late scratch from the lineup yesterday because of flu-like symptoms.
Duffy to be examined
Tuesday, center fielder Chris Duffy will be re-examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.
"It's taken longer than we anticipated to get Chris' shoulder back (healthy)," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We want to make sure everything is fine structurally."
Duffy has been in extended spring training in Brandenton, Fla.
Craig Wilson's long track to majors
Don't expect to see Craig Wilson, who last week was added to the roster at Triple-A Indianapolis, in the majors soon.
"If Craig returns to full health and if he swings the bat the way he did pre-injury, there could be some measure of value," Huntington said. "But the Craig Wilson who was signed was signed more to help Indianapolis at this point."
Romak also in extended spring training
Outfield prospect Jamie Romak is in extended spring training, recovering from offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.
Lincoln throwing in Bradenton
Right-hander Brad Lincoln, on the mend from Tommy John surgery, is throwing in Bradenton. Huntington said Lincoln will pitch for a minor-league team this season.
Curves' Ford placed on DL
Infielder Shelby Ford was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Altoona with a hip flexor.
Snell sets Bucs standard
A week ago, Ian Snell fanned 10 Florida Marlins batters in six innings. He became the first Pirates pitcher to pitch no more than six innings and notch at least 10 strikeouts with no walks. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only three pitchers in the majors -- Randy Johnson, Dan Haren and Scott Kazmir -- did it last season.
Bixler gets first hit
Brian Bixler got his first career hit in the sixth inning Saturday, an infield single to second base. He wound up scoring the game-winning run.
"It felt good, awesome to get that first knock," Bixler said.
1,108 - Sliders thrown last season by Ian Snell, the most by any pitcher in the majors.
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