Pirates News - Spring Training Notebook: Falter impresses, Ashcraft sent down, and more

Bailey Falter impressed in his latest spring training start, the Pittsburgh Pirates make some roster cuts and more in today's spring training notebook.
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Welcome back to our Pirates Spring Training Notebooks. Spring Training continues to roll on for the Pirates and with opening day just over two weeks away, rosters are beginning to narrow down, camp battles are under more scrutiny and injuries are beginning to pop up throughout the league.

Below, we discuss the latest developments out of Bradenton and Pirates camp and around the league from Sunday and Monday.

Pirates fall to Red Sox 1-0 - Notes

It was the best start of the spring yet for lefty Bailey Falter who's fighting for a spot in the Pirates rotation. The 26-year old Falter pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings on Monday, allowing no runs while standing two runners on base. He also struck out four Red Sox in the process.

Brent Honeywell, Jose Hernandez, and Colin Selby all pitched well in relief as well, pitching scoreless innings. Unfortunately, in a 1-0 game someone had to take a loss and that ended up being Ryder Ryan who allowed one earned run in the seventh inning on Nick Sogard ground out that scored top Pirates prospect Marcelo Mayer who hit a double two batters earlier.

The Pirates will be back at it on Tuesday afternoon at LECOM Park in Bradenton as recent signing Chase Anderson will take the mound opposite of Reynaldo Lopez for the Braves.