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Jung Ho Kang collects 2 hits, but Pirates still fall to Rays

Kevin Gorman
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang grounds out in the first inning during a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, March 1, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla.
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Brandon Maurer works sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Brandon Waddell warms up before facing the Tampa Bay Rays in a spring training baseball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier is forced out at second base by Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (16) on a Mac James ground ball in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes follows through on a double in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Brandon Lowe (8) stretches to force out Pittsburgh Pirates’s Erik Gonzalez (2) in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Waddell works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against The Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Tampa Bay won 3-2.
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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Brandon Waddell warms up before facing Tampa Bay Rays in a spring training baseball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Tampa Bay won 3-2.

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.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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