Bucs make roster decisions
MLB Spring Training: Pittsburgh 5, Houston 1
HOUSTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates made some decisions on their opening day roster though two spots are dependant on the health of two players.
Second baseman Pablo Reyes, pitcher Nick Kingham, pitcher Nick Burdi and shortstop Kevin Newman were all told they’re on the 25-man roster.
The Pirates will take 27 players to Cincinnati when they open the season on Thursday as pitcher Steven Brault, pitcher Jordan Lyles, outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and outfielder J.B. Shuck will make the trip.
If Chisenhall and Lyles are healthy, they will make the team. If not, Brault and Shuck will get their spots.
Pirates earn win
Melky Cabrera’s first home run this spring drove in Colin Moran and put the Pirates up two in the fourth inning of a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros in spring training action on Tuesday.
Brandon Maurer started for the Pirates and struck out one in a perfect inning.
After Tyler Lyons pitched an inning, Eduardo Vera allowed one run as George Springer went deep for the second time this spring for the Astros on a homer in the bottom of the inning.
Vera just two hits over the next four innings to earn the win.
The Pirates crossed the plate three times in the ninth as Shuck went 1-for-2, including an RBI single that scored Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Newman followed that with a two-run homer to right off of Cy Sneed to set the final score.
Moran, a former Astros, went 1-for-2 with a walk for the Pirates. The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Marlins, Moran was traded to Houston in 2014 and sent to the Pirates in Jan. 2018 as part of the deal which brought Cole to Houston.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon will make his first career opening day start when the Pirates begin the season on Thursday at Cincinnati.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander will make his 11th career opening day start and his second straight with the Astros when they open the season on Thursday at the Tampa Bay Rays.