Reyes hopes Bucs are noticing him

The Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day roster.

The 25-year-old is 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s had 31 plate appearances in 15 games, starting at second base, shortstop, center field and right field.

Every day during pre-game workouts, he takes both grounders and fly balls.

“When you are a utility guy, you have to practice at all the positions,” Reyes said. “You take advantage of the opportunities every day and do all you can do so you can help the team. I am working hard with this opportunity to help the team.”

Reyes debuted Sept. 2 after seven minor league seasons and hit .293 with three home runs in 18 games.

“For him to put up the quality at-bats that he did was impressive,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “He did the defensive work. It was a good show. You only get one chance to make a first impression. He made a very favorable one.”

Reyes started 172 games at second base in the minors, 142 at shortstop, 55 in center field and 25 at third base. He played left field and right field for the first time in his professional career after reaching Pittsburgh.

Reyes also played winter ball in his native Dominican Republic during the offseason and made starts at second, third, shortstop, left and right.

“I spent my time in the Dominican practicing for all the different positions,” Reyes said. “I know that is what I have to do here. I tried to do everything I could to get ready for spring training. I’m here to help the club win games. I want to be ready. All I can do is go out and play baseb

Pirates getting

home run happy

PORT CHARLOTTE — For the second day in a row, Starling Marte homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who played to a 6-6 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in Grapefruit League action.

Marte’s two-run homer in the first was one of four home runs on the day. Jung Ho Kang hit his fifth homer of the spring for the Pirates (8-11-2) while Josh Bell and Francisco Cervelli each hit their second of the spring.

Erik Gonzalez led the Pirates with three hits while Adam Frazier added two hits.

Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove gave up two earned runs in four innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Reliever Kyle Krick gave up three earned runs in just one inning.

The Pirates play Detroit today. Chris Carcher is slated to start.

— From Mirror reports

all. That’s all I can do. If I can play every position, I’ll have a lot of opportunities to make the team.”

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