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Pirates split up for two Florida wins



Published: Mon, March 11, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla.

Miguel Gonzalez was the Baltimore’s second-leading winner last season and hopes to build on that success.

But on Sunday, he allowed four runs in two innings to a split squad of Pittsburgh Pirates in the Orioles’ 5-2 loss.

Gonzalez made his second appearance this spring and allowed a four-run second that was made worse by left fielder Nate McLouth’s error.

Gerrit Cole, the first pick in the 2011 draft, allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Flaherty in the third inning. Cole was charged with two runs and four hits in four innings.

Overall, good work,” Cole said. “Got through four, so that’s good, pretty efficient.”

Cole is ticketed for the minors, but should make it to Pittsburgh later in the season.

Catcher Russell Martin, who has been nursing a sore shoulder, caught for just the second time this spring, and the first time since Feb. 24. Martin liked what he saw from Cole.

“He’s got a good feel out on the mound. He’s got a good plan and he’s able to execute it,” Martin said.

“He’s a smart kid. Of course he’s got ability like not a lot of people have, but he’s pitching with his mind and he has a plan. I feel like he’s pretty polished for a young guy,” he said.

Pirates 7, Twins 4

FORT MYERS, FLA.

Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez hit home runs in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ victory over the Minnesota Twins.

McCutchen’s drive went off the scoreboard.

“Wind blowing out,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s what happens.”

Jonathan Sanchez, in his first spring training start and fourth appearance, gave up two runs and two hits in two innings. Sanchez has an 11.81 ERA in 51/3 innings during the exhibition season.

Pittsburgh righthander Charlie Morton, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled to throw live batting practice today.


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