Osuna’s homer gives Bucs win
BRADENTON, Fla. — Jose Osuna hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training action Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Newman doubled home Jacob Stallings to bring the Pirates within 3-2 in the seventh, then Osuna followed with his home run for the lead.
Ivan Nova started for the Pirates and allowed one run on three hits in three innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.
Edgar Santana allowed the other two runs for the Pirates. Brett McKinney pitched the ninth inning to earn the save.
Schwarber’s new look
MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon noticed right away. The Cubs were working on a baserunning drill at spring training when Maddon saw an unfamiliar figure.
It was Kyle Schwarber.
“When I watch him in the drills, like first to third, that looks different,” Maddon said. “Honestly, the first time he did it over here I was looking, I didn’t know who it was. I looked up really quickly, I’m thinking ‘Who is that? Oh, it’s Schwarbs,’ because appearance-wise, it’s entirely different.”
Stung by a disappointing season, Schwarber stepped up his workouts over the winter, embraced a new diet and lost about 20 pounds. The catcher-turned-outfielder looks faster and more agile this spring, a positive sign as he tries to return to form after struggling for much of last year.
“My goal is be a great teammate and take it one day at a time,” Schwarber said before Saturday’s exhibition game against Cincinnati. “I’m not looking forward to October or the first day of the season … I’m looking just forward to today right now.”
Schwarber began last season with sky-high expectations. He missed most of 2016 after he tore two knee ligaments, but he returned for the World Series and helped the Cubs win the championship for the first time since 1908.