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Pirates Spring Preview: Roansy Contreras Gets First Audition vs. Blue Jays



Roansy Contreras, Pittsburgh Pirates

Roansy Contreras is competing for one of the two open rotation spots on the Pittsburgh Pirates opening day roster. He’ll be tested for the first time on Monday.

Contreras will be on the mound for the Pirates (0-2) when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays (0-2) at TD Ballpark in Dunedin at 1:07 ET.

Contreras is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2023 season in which he went 3-7 with a 6.59 ERA in 19 appearances/11 starts. The right-hander fared much better in his rookie season in 2022, when he went 5-5 with a 3.79 ERA.

Contreras’ battery mate against Toronto will be Jason Delay, who will make his first appearance in a spring game this year. Henry Davis will be the Pirates’ designated hitter.

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

  1. Nick Gonzales 3B
  2. Jared Triolo 2B
  3. Henry Davis C
  4. Edward Olivares LF
  5. Canaan Smith-Njigba RF
  6. Jason Delay C
  7. Alika Williams SS
  8. Jake Lamb 1B
  9. Ji Hwan Bae CF

The Blue Jays will send out Yusei Kikuchi, who had a solid season last year. The left-hander had a career-high 11 wins and finished with a 3.86 ERA in 32 starts.

The game can be seen on SportsNet Pittsburgh and will be aired on 93.7 The Fan.


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