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McDonald allows 15 baserunners on 'bad day' against Twins

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

BRADENTON, Fla. • Right-hander James McDonald allowed 15 baserunners in just 3 23 innings Thursday, as the Minnesota Twins shelled the Pirates, 11-6.

In his penultimate start of spring training, McDonald gave up 10 runs on seven hits, walked seven and struck out one. He also hit batter Danny Valencia on the back of the helmet with a pitch. Valencia remained in the game and later hit a sacrifice fly during Minnesota's seven-run fourth inning.

"Just a bad day," McDonald said. "Didn't have my good stuff and I left the ball up the zone. Sometimes, these days happen. Luckily, it was a spring training game, rather than have it happen in August, September or next week when it counts."

McDonald has been rocked in two of his past three outings. On March 14, he gave up five runs in three innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

McDonald is scheduled to make his regular-season debut April 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park.

Before the game, the Pirates put righty Charlie Morton (hip surgery) on the 15-day disabled list. Morton is expected to be back in time to start April 14.

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