Pittsburgh Pirates News - Spring Training notebook: 0-2 Grapefruit start, Davis fighting for roster spot & more

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be 0-2 in the win/loss column but there are plenty of positives and more to talk about heading into the second full week of spring training.

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Recapping the weekend that was in Bradenton for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as some news and notes from around baseball

The first full week of spring training is in the books. Over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates began their schedule of spring training games against the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, losing both games on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the Pirates fell to the Minnesota Twins 5-3 while on Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles got the best of the Buccos in a 2-0 game in Bradenton. Sunday's game also saw the return of Oneil Cruz to the team's lineup.

Despite going 0-2 there were still positives to take away from the weekend.

For starters, Pirates pitching for the most part had a very good weekend. Out of the organization's 15 pitchers who took the mound in their two games, only four allowed runs and only two allowed earned runs. Kyle Nicolas got hit around the hardest, allowing a home run on Saturday while Bailey Falter allowed two runs on four hits against the Twins as well.

Top five prospect Jared Jones was especially strong on Saturday against the Twins. Jones's velocity topped out at 98.9 mph on his fastball and 90.0 mph on his slider. In his inning of work he allowed one hit and no runs.

With that, here are a few more notes from over the weekend out of Bradenton.