FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A trio of Pittsburgh's integral Major Leaguers had a busy day in Minor League camp. Left-hander Erik Bedard stretched out to 51 pitches in a start against Toronto Minor Leaguers at Pirate City, where both Nate McLouth and Michael McKenry loaded up on at-bats in two different games.Bedard allowed one hit and an unearned run in three innings against the Blue Jays' High Single-A club. He walked one and struck out four while making 37 of the 51 pitches for strikes. While shuttling between the two games, McLouth had a pair of singles in four at-bats and stole a base. In his first plate appearance of the day, McLouth took a pitch off his right quad. In the same games, McKenry had a pair of singles in six at-bats. McKenry has had a busy week overall with the absence of Rod Barajas, who had taken a timeout to be with his wife, as she delivered their seventh child. Barajas was due to arrive back in Bradenton on Thursday morning, and would need a couple days to get back into game shape.
Pirates offense keeps on producing
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Thursday was a second consecutive red-letter -- and big crooked number -- day for the Grapefruit League's top hitting crew, the Pirates. Yes, the Pirates.
Yamaico Navarro, playing second base at the time, made a eye-popping relay throw as the middle man to thwart Luke Hughes' attempt to stretch a fifth-inning double into a triple. Navarro gloved center fielder Andrew McCutchen's throw on the grass about 50 feet behind and 30 feet to the left of second and pegged a laser to third baseman Casey McGehee for the tag. Daniel Cabrera, the towering and menacing former Baltimore right-hander, pitched one shutout inning, his first of a comeback spring delayed by forearm tightness. The Bucs owed Cabrera the chance to pitch in a game after he had rehabbed, but he is far behind other pitchers, with little time remaining to make a compelling impression. Juan Cruz allowed a run while stretching out to two innings. The non-roster bullpen hopeful allowed two hits in two innings following four scoreless one-inning stints. The staff loves both Cruz's arm and his experience.
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