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The spring season rolls on.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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But enough about me, let’s get to the Bucs, as they take on the Minnesota Twins today in preseason action.

Pittsburgh Pirates (7-7 preseason) vs. Minnesota Twins (6-7 preseason) - Tues, March 16 @ 1:05pm

Stadium: Century Link Sports Complex, Fort Myers, Florida

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: Available to listen live via Pirates.com webcast. LISTEN HERE


Starting Pitchers

Pirates: Chad Kuhl - RHP - (1-1) - 6.00 ERA - 5 total Ks

Twins: Jose Berrios - RHP - (1-0) - 0.00 ERA - 7 total Ks

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)

Pirates
  1. Kevin Newman - SS
  2. Cole Tucker - 2B
  3. Colin Moran - 1B
  4. Todd Frazier - 3B
  5. Dustin Fowler - LF
  6. Brian Goodwin - RF
  7. Michael Perez - C
  8. Tony Wolters - DH
  9. Wilmer Difo - CF
Twins
  1. Max Kepler - RF
  2. Josh Donaldson - 3B
  3. Nelson Cruz - DH
  4. Jorge Polanco - 2B
  5. Miguel Sano - 1B
  6. Mitch Garver - C
  7. Byron Buxton - CF
  8. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  9. Brent Rooker - LF

The Pirates have lost three straight in preseason competition and are coming off a 12-3 defeat yesterday at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Frazier went 2-for-3 with a run, while Ke’Bryan Hayes also went 2-for-3 with a run and 2 RBIs.

Tyler Anderson gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings, and he also fanned 7, but the middle relief struggled, with Edgar Santana getting credited with 6 earned runs in a third of an inning, while Shea Spitzbarth gave up 2 runs on 2 hits in a big 8-run seventh for Baltimore.

The Bucs will look to get back on track today against a Twins teams with the second-worst run differential in the Grapefruit League, but they’re going up against Jose Berrios, who has yet to give up a run this Spring and has only surrendered 2 hits total in his 2 starts.

Let’s hope the Pirates’ bats can come alive today.

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