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Olsen and Beimel to see action against Orioles

Monday, March 14, 2011

»»» Left-handers Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel, who have been out of action practically all spring, will debut Monday against the Baltimore Orioles. Olsen strained his left hamstring Feb. 17, and Beimel went down a couple of weeks ago with a sore forearm. General manager Neal Huntington said Olsen still could be stretched out as a starter. "There is enough time, but there's not a lot of room for any setbacks," Huntington said.

»»» Righty Kevin Correia is slated to pitch the first five innings against Baltimore. The rest of the game will be handled by Evan Meek, Olsen, Beimel and Mike Crotta. Crotta hasn't allowed a run in 6 13 innings this spring.

»»» Catcher Chris Snyder said his sore back is not a serious injury. "Just normal, nagging aches and pains that kind of flared up yesterday," Snyder said Sunday. Snyder was scratched from the lineup Saturday. He did not play Thursday and Friday, but those were scheduled off days and not injury-related.

»»» Huntington said he hasn't decided whether to carry three catchers on the active roster. "It's a decision we'll probably make as we head down the stretch," he said.

»»» Pedro Ciriaco made his debut at third base Sunday. Normally a middle infielder, Ciriaco has been working at third to improve his chances of making the team as a super utility guy. "It's going fine," Ciriaco said. "It's not too hard to learn. Things are a little quicker there, so you don't have as much time to react. But I don't think it's as hard as (playing) middle infield."

»»» The crowd of 6,602 against the Red Sox yesterday was the largest in the 42-year history of McKechnie Field.

»»» Kevin Hart (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session without problem. The Pirates have not announced when he will return to a normal routine.

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Today's game:

Pirates at Orioles

1:05 p.m.

Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla.

Pirates starter: RHP Kevin Correia

Orioles starter: RHP Jake Arrieta




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