Glasnow much better in latest outing

From Mirror reports

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates exploded in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening-day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, on the way to a 13-8 win Saturday in Major League Baseball spring training action.

Leading the way was Pirates right fielder John Jaso, who had a three-run homer, a double, a walk, three runs scored and four RBIs. Teammates Eury Perez and Elias Diaz also hit their first homers of the spring in the fifth and ninth innings, respectively.

It was a big bounce-back day for the Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow. The righty limited the Phillies to one run on four hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and also helped himself at the plate with a single. He later scored on Phil Gosselin’s triple in the Pirates’ five-run third. Glasnow, who was roughed up in his two previous spring training stints, is still in a battle for the fifth spot in the team’s rotation.

Jaso’s home run gave the Pirates an 11-1 lead the sixth, but the Phillies’ Maikel Franco, who made two errors earlier in the game, gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he connected for a grand slam in the seventh. Aaron Altherr’s two-run double brought the Phillies within five in the ninth before Brock Stassi struck out to end the game.

Up next: Gerrit Cole will start for the Pirates when they play the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. today. Most of Pittsburgh’s projected opening-day bullpen — Tony Watson, Daniel Hudson, Antonio Bastardo and Jared Hughes — is scheduled to pitch after Cole.

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