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Spring training thread: Cole takes on the Jays

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates host Toronto at 1:05 PM. Gerrit Cole will start, with Jared Hughes, Antonio Bastardo, Tony Watson and Daniel Hudson slated to follow. The lineup:

  1. Alen Hanson, LF
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Francisco Cervelli, C
  4. David Freese, 1B
  5. Eric Wood, 3B
  6. Joey Terdoslavich, RF
  7. Gift Ngoepe, 2B
  8. Danny Ortiz, CF
  9. Gerrit Cole P

For some inexplicable reason, Danny Ortiz is tied for fourth on the Pirates in spring at-bats, and Eury Perez and Joey Terdoslavich (who struggled in AA last year) for eighth. All have more than Austin Meadows. Presumably, those at-bats will shortly be going to Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.