Pirates Lose Spring Training Opener, 9-5

The Pirates lost 9-5 to the Rays in their first official Spring Training game today. Garrett Atkins had the Pirates' only extra-base hit, a double. Alex Presley reached base in both of his two plate appearances. The starting lineup was what will be the usual group of eight, but with Ryan Doumit as the DH and with Matt Diaz starting in right field (because lefty David Price started).

Charlie Morton pitched two scoreless innings two begin the game, allowing a hit and a walk, and faced the minimum number of batters, thanks to two double plays. Daniel McCutchen allowed three runs to take the loss, and a Josh Fields error in the sixth marked the beginning of a string of unearned runs with Justin Thomas on the hill.

Not much to chew on here, really, but it's nice to see Morton do reasonably well, particularly against the Rays' starters.

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