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Pirates Spring Preview: One More Grapefruit League Game Before Opening Day



Henry Davis, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates will play their spring training finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at LECOM Park in Bradenton on Monday at 1:05 ET.

Marco Gonzales will be on the mound for the Pirates in their final Grapefruit League game and will look for better results. It’s been a rough spring for the left-hander who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the offseason.

Gonzales has been tagged for 15 earned runs on 23 hits in 13.2 innings while only recording eight strikeouts. He surrendered nine runs on 10 hits including two home runs in 3.2 innings pitched against the New York Yankees in his last start on Wednesday.

In addition to Gonzales, Ryan Borucki, Eric Lauer, Brent Honeywell Jr., Ryder Ryan, Wily Peralta and Luis Ortiz are also scheduled to pitch.

The Pirates’ lineup features nine guys who will be on the club’s opening day roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

  1. Oneil Cruz SS
  2. Connor Joe 1B
  3. Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B
  4. Jack Suwinski LF
  5. Henry Davis C
  6. Rowdy Tellez DH
  7. Michael A. Taylor CF
  8. Edward Olivares RF
  9. Jared Triolo 2B

The Pirates’ starting nine will be up against veteran right-hander Kevin Gausman, who will make his first appearance of 2024. Last season, Gausman finished third in the American League Cy Young race after going 12-9 with a 3.21 ERA with a league-high 237 strikeouts in 31 starts.

The game will be televised on SportsNet Pittsburgh and can be heard on 100.1FM/AM 1020.


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