Pittsburgh Pirates Grapefruit League Game 23

Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) walks back to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) walks back to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Pittsburgh Pirates play their 23rd Grapefruit League game on Monday afternoon

Today, Pittsburgh Pirates will travel to Port Charlotte to do battle against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Pirates will be looking to get back into the win column after tying the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

Jameson Taillon will start for the Bucs. This will be Taillon’s fourth start of the spring. Through his first three starts Taillon has allowed three runs on five hits, two walks, and a home run in eight innings pitched. He has also hit a batter and struck out six.

The lineup that will be behind Taillon is as follows:

  1. Adam Frazier – 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer – SS
  3. Josh Bell – 1B
  4. David Freese – 3B
  5. Jose Osuna – LF
  6. Austin Meadows – CF
  7. Chris Stewart – C
  8. Alen Hanson – RF
  9. Jameson Taillon – P

Phil Gosselin and Jackson Williams are both scheduled to play for thee Pirates as well. In addition to Jameson Taillon, Edgar Santana and Wade LeBlanc are scheduled to pitch for the Pirates as well.

Right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays this afternoon. Shawn Tolleson, David Carpenter, and Andrew Kittredge are all scheduled to pitch for Tampa Bay as well.

As of this writing, the Rays had not made their lineup public yet.

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Two weeks from today the Pittsburgh Pirates will be in Boston to play the Red Sox on Opening Day. As Grapefruit League play winds down you will see starting pitchers going deeper into games for the Bucs, and position players who start games will play deeper into them. In fact, this is something the Pirates have already started to do.

Look for Taillon to pitch at least five innings this afternoon. Also do not be surprised to see at least handful of the starting eight play all nine innings today.