Jung Ho Kang collects 2 hits, but Pirates still fall to Rays
Jung Ho Kang went 2 for 3 with a double while starting at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kang also registered a pair of put-outs along with a fielder’s choice, but what he didn’t do was hit a home run on a day the Pirates could have used one.
The Tampa Bay Rays got a pair of RBI singles by right fielder Avisail Garcia for a 3-2 win Friday in a Grapefruit League game.
Garcia went 3 for 3, driving in runs off starter Brandon Waddell in the first and Francisco Liriano in the third.
The Rays tacked on another for a 3-0 lead on a fielder’s choice in the sixth.
The Pirates scored on an RBI single by catcher Steven Baron in the seventh and another by center fielder Pablo Reyes in the ninth.
The Pirates will play split-squad games Saturday, with Jordan Lyles scheduled to start against Zach Elfin and the Philadelphia Phillies at LECOM Park in Bradenton and Jameson Taillon against Nathan Eovaldi and the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.
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