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McKechnie Field experiences night baseball

| Thursday, March 20, 2008

BRADENTON, Fla. -- It was a strange sight at McKechnie Field when the stadium lights were turned on prior to the Pirates' game against the Yankees.

Before last night, they were never necessary.

It was the first time in Pirates spring training history that they had hosted a Grapefruit League game at night. They had originally scheduled the first night contest for March 7 against the Reds, but the game, originally part of a split-squad doubleheader, was rained out.

McKechnie Field had the lights installed this year.

Remember him?

Brad Lincoln, the Pirates first-round pick in the 2006 draft, is scheduled to pitch today against the Red Sox minor leaguers in Fort Myers. It will be the first time he has pitched against live competition since Aug. 6, 2006, when pitching for Single-A Hickory, he left a game against Savannah with a strained left (non-throwing) oblique.

Lincoln missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair ligament damage in his right elbow April 3.

Round trippers

After playing the Yankees last night, the Pirates have only 10 spring training games scheduled before they head to Atlanta to open the regular season March 31. ... Pirates chairman of the board Bob Nutting attended the game and was part of the pregame ceremonies commemorating the fist night game. ... The Pirates sold out for the third time this spring. ... They also sold out March 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays and March 16 against the Red Sox.

Additional Information:

Today's game

Pirates at Phillies

When, where: 1:05 p.m. · Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla.

TV/radio: MLB.TV

Pitching: Ian Snell will make his first spring training start after signing a new five-year contract Sunday. On Monday, he was named the Pirates' Opening Day starter. ... Snell is expected to throw six innings. ... Evan Meek, Jaret Wright and Franquelis Osoria are all scheduled for one inning apiece.

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