Pirates Notes: Chris Archer Takes on the Yankees in His Second Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 10-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon in Bradenton. Clay Holmes started and went three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Felipe Vazquez retired the side in order during his one inning. The Twins did damage against Keone Kela, who allowed four runs on three homers in his only inning of work. Tyler Lyons also had some trouble, as he makes a bid to win an Opening Day bullpen spot. He went 1.2 innings, allowing three runs. Richard Rodriguez had three strikeouts over 1.1 shutout innings, keeping those runs off the board despite giving up four hits.

On offense, the Pirates had just five base runners and they scored their only run late in the game on a Christian Kelley sacrifice fly. Jason Martin hit his second triple, while Corey Dickerson had two singles before he left the game early due to right ankle discomfort.

Before the game, the Pirates made eight cuts, including Mitch Keller, JT Brubaker, Luis Escobar and Eduardo Vera.

Joe Musgrove pitched three simulated innings at Pirate City yesterday, throwing a total of 53 pitches.

Sunday’s Action

The Pirates travel to Tampa to take on the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees will have many of their regulars in the starting lineup and JA Happ will be the starting pitcher. Here’s the lineup for the Pirates:

  1. Starling Marte CF
  2. Jung Ho Kang 3B
  3. Francisco Cervelli C
  4. Josh Bell 1B
  5. Melky Cabrera DH
  6. Erik Gonzalez SS
  7. Pablo Reyes 2B
  8. Bryan Reynolds RF
  9. Jason Martin LF

The late inning replacements (in order, same positions as above, minus the DH spot) will be Casey Hughston, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Arden Pabst, Lucas Tancas, Cole Tucker, Kevin Kramer, Bralin Jackson and Alfredo Reyes. The bench also includes Brett Pope, Grant Koch, Ryan Haug, Jesse Medrano and Ryan Peurifoy.

Chris Archer will make his second start of the spring today. He will be followed by Francisco Liriano, Nick Burdi, Jesus Liranzo, Geoff Hartlieb and Dovydas Neverauskas.

UPDATE: Bryan Reynolds was scratched today due to left hamstring discomfort. Bralin Jackson moved into the starting lineup.

Here’s our updated Spring Training tracker.

Monday’s Action

The Pirates will be on the road against the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon. This is the only meeting between the Pirates and Braves this spring. Nick Kingham and Steven Brault are scheduled to get the majority of the mound work.

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