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.

Their 19 hits in a 17-6 viutory over Minnesota on Thursday inflated Pittsburgh's team average to .298 for a dozen exhibitions, tops among the 15 Florida-based teams. The Blue Jays rank second with a .287 team average.

Sure, it's only Spring Training. Everyone knows the drill. But for a Pirates team whose weakness is supposed to be offense, it has pumped a little air into the chest.

Thursday's damage was inflicted quickly, and opportunistically. The Bucs sent 15 men to the plate during a 10-run first inning that went from productive to over-the-top after Alex Presley hustled out a two-out grounder to first base.

"That was an inning you don't see very often," manager Clint Hurdle said. "They were connecting the dots throughout the lineup. Good at-bats, an extra out with Presley busting his backside down the line. That opened the inning up. They were getting the pitches they wanted to hit, and didn't miss them."

The Bucs have scored a combined 28 runs in the last games after totaling six runs in the previous three games. Garrett Jones, Matt Hague and Presley led Thursday's siege, with each getting three hits that included a home run.

Worth noting

• 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.