Final: Twins 5, Pirates 4 (box)
Kyle McPherson got the nod on the hill today for the Bucs and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, which turned out to be the first hit given up by Pirates’ starters this spring. Pirates’ starting pitchers have still yet to give up a run through the first three games.
Jose Tabata went 1 for 2 with a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning off reliever Esmerling Vasquez. Jordy Mercer was 2 for 3 and Travis Snider drove in two runs, going 1 for 1 with a double and two sacrifice flies.
Jeanmar Gomez got roughed up a bit, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. Gomez is on the club’s 40-man roster and is out of options, so he is someone to keep an eye on as the spring goes along.
Wandy Rodriguez will make his first start of the spring tomorrow against Baltimore at 1:05 ET.