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Teams to play split doubleheader Saturday

MLB: MAR 23 Spring Training - Twins at Pirates Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday’s series opener with the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed due to rain, and the two teams will play a split seven-inning doubleheader Saturday at PNC Park.

Saturday’s first game will start at 2:30 p.m., and tickets for Friday’s game will be valid for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader or can be exchanged for any remaining home game during the 2021 season, subject to availability, according to Pirates.com.

Saturday’s regularly scheduled game is slated to start at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

NOTES: Bubba Chandler, the Pirates’ third-round pick and the 72nd selection overall in the July draft, made his professional debut Friday in a Florida Complex League contest.

Chandler, who was drafted as a pitcher, saw duty as the designated hitter for the Pirates Black team and went 1 for 2 with a single in his first pro at-bat.

In the same game, Solomon Maguire, a high-dollar international signee from Australia, went 2 for 4 for the Black team.

Miguel Yajure, who saw action for the Pirates earlier this season and spent time on the injured list, made a rehab start for Low-A Bradenton Friday night and gave up four hits, four earned runs and a walk while striking out four.

Yajure yielded a leadoff homer in the second inning and then allowed a base hit and two consecutive stolen bases before a fielder’s choice brought in the second run.

He exited the game after giving up a base hit and striking out a batter in the third.

At High-A Greensboro, Nick Gonzales – the Pirates’ top choice in the 2020 draft – collected three hits in his first three at-bats and Quinn Priester, the club’s No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft, pitched seven innings of six-hit shutout ball. Priester walked two and struck out 10 in lowering his ERA to 2.80 on the season, and he found the strike zone with 59 of his 90 pitches.

At Indianapolis, Michael Chavis – the power-hitting prospect obtained from the Boston Red Sox organization – hit his 10th homer of the season.