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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

» Infielder Josh Fields, who last week was cut from big league camp, was traded to the Colorado Rockies on Monday for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Pirates also are trying to deal infielder Andy Marte, who previously was reassigned to minor league camp.

» According to the Pirates, right-hander James McDonald (sore side) threw a bullpen session "without issue." McDonald will throw a simulated game Thursday in Florida and is slated to start April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

» If McDonald can't make his start against the Cardinals, righty Jeff Karstens will make a spot start. Karstens gave up one unearned run and five hits in 4 23 innings yesterday in a 4-3 loss against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers., Fla.

» The Pirates took 11 minor leaguers with them last night to Philadelphia, where the team will play two exhibition games against the Phillies. Among those making the trip are Starling Marte, Brian Friday and Jordy Mercer.

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Pirates at Phillies

7:05 p.m.

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Radio: WPGB-FM (104.7), XM Channel 183

Pirates starter: RHP Ross Ohlendorf

Phillies starter: RHP Roy Oswalt

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