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Kevin Hart a Mess in Spring Debut

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Spring Training stats generally don't mean much of anything, but the Kevin Hart / Daniel McCutchen battle does bear watching as we head toward April. Today Hart faced seven batters and walked four of them, threw a wild pitch, and allowed two runs. Not so good. There's time for him to get things ironed out, but obviously today's performance makes it harder to believe that last year's problems are behind him.

The Pirates' bullpen, led by D.J. Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, and Jack Taschner, racked up strikeouts and only allowed one over nine more innings. Ryan Church went 2-for-3 with a homer, Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with a walk, and Jeff Clement doubled. The Pirates tied the Phillies, 3-3.