Wells hits first homer in tie
Towers tosses two solid innings in 2007 debut
PIRATES 8, BLUE JAYS 8
at Dunedin, Fla.
Monday, March 5
Pirates at the plate: First baseman Brad Eldred belted his third home run of the spring in the second inning. Edlred sent a 2-2 offering from Jays starter Josh Towers high over the left-field wall for a solo shot. Non-roster invitee Eddy Garabito added a two-run homer in the seventh.
Blue Jays at the plate: In the third inning, Toronto shortstop Royce Clayton pulled a pitch from Pirates starter Zach Duke down the left-field line for a two-run double. Jays center fielder Vernon Wells hit his first home run of the spring -- a solo shot to lead off the fourth.
Pirates on the mound: Duke allowed two runs on two hits in three innings. The left-hander threw 41 pitches, including 29 for strikes, struck out three and hit one batter.
Blue Jays on the mound: Minus the homer by Eldred, Towers had a good outing for the Jays. Towers threw 27 pitches, including 19 for strikes, and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts over two innings. Reliever Jason Frasor gave up three runs in the fourth.
Grapefruit League records: Pirates 0-3-1; Blue Jays 3-1-1.
Up next: Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay is scheduled to pitch against Detroit at 1:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Pittsburgh righty Ian Snell is slated to start vs. Philadelphia at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.