Tigers 7, Pirates 2: Charlie Morton Pitches Four Scoreless Innings

The Pirates lost after Daniel McCutchen gave up a bunch of ground balls that went for singles in the ninth, then allowed a grand slam. Probably more importantly, though, Charlie Morton pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out two. That obviously doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot -- even 49-year-old Jamie Moyer can pitch four scoreless innings in Spring Training, and four perfect innings at that. But the fact that Morton was effective over that many innings reassures me somewhat that he's going to be ready when the Pirates need him in mid-April.

Jose Tabata went 3-for-4, and Matt Hague homered for the Bucs.

Pedro Alvarez sat out with a knee injury that isn't supposed to be serious.

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