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Bucs spring training schedule for ’22 out

From Mirror, wire reports

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates released their spring training schedule for the 2022 Grapefruit League season on Wednesday.

The Pirates are scheduled to play a total of 34 games, 17 of which will be at home at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. Opening Day of the Pirates Grapefruit League season will be on Saturday, Feb. 26, as the team hosts the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Bucs will then have a split squad day on Sunday, hosting the Detroit Tigers for the first of two times while also traveling to North Port to play the Braves for the first of five matchups during the 2022 campaign.

Additional highlights of the schedule include:

n March 5: The Pirates will host the New York Yankees for the only time before traveling to Tampa one week later to face the Yankees in their only trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

n March 15-16: The Pirates will travel to the east coast to face the New York Mets on March 15 followed by the Miami Marlins on March 16. It will be the first time the Pirates and Mets face each other in a spring training game since playing two exhibition games against each other at PNC Park in 2001.

n March 17: The Pirates will host the Twins on St. Patrick’s Day.

n March 26: The Pirates will host the Tigers in the final Saturday home game of the Grapefruit League season.

n March 29: The Pirates close out spring training season against the Atlanta Braves at LECOM Park.

The entire schedule can also be found on pirates.com/schedule. Information regarding ticket pricing and on-sale dates will be announced at a later time.

Bucs fall short again

LOS ANGELES — Matt Beaty hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the fifth inning to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Tuesday night.

It was the second straight night the Pirates lost by one run.

The Dodgers extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games against the Pirates. Los Angeles has won five in a row and 10 of 12 overall, but still hasn’t gained any ground on NL West-leading San Francisco, which holds a four-game lead over the defending World Series champions.

“We’ve got to continue to play good baseball. I still really don’t feel like we’ve played our best baseball,” Dodgers starter David Price said. “Can’t really worry about what the Giants are doing. We need to keep our foot on the gas.”

The Pirates dropped their fourth in a row and have lost 14 of 16.

The LA bullpen turned in another stellar effort, with Corey Knebel (2-0), Phil Bickford and Blake Treinen combining for two hits allowed in 3• scoreless innings.

“They’ve all been available and whenever they’re out there, they’re down in the strike zone and not walking guys,” said Price, who has worked out of the bullpen at times this season. “They’ve been really good for us for quite a while now.”

Kenley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth, when the Pirates had the potential tying run at second. But then Jansen retired the final two batters to finish off his 25th save.

“It’s frustrating because of the fact that you don’t finish it,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.

Price set down his first seven batters in his 10th start of the season. He allowed two runs and three hits in 4ª innings, struck out three and walked one.

“It just seems like when he’s out there, we just don’t play our best defense,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

After homering in eight of their last nine games, the Dodgers played small ball. They had five doubles, including a pair by Corey Seager.

Beaty threaded a double down the right-field line off Cody Ponce (0-3), giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Seager led off with a ground-rule double and two outs later, AJ Pollock walked to set up Beaty.

Los Angeles took a two-run lead on Pollock’s single to shallow center field in the third.

The Pirates tied it at 2 in the fourth. Bryan Reynolds doubled to deep center, scoring Ke’Bryan Hayes from first. Reynolds scored when Jacob Stallings grounded into a fielder’s choice to third, and Stallings was safe at second on Gavin Lux’s first error of the game. Lux’s throw skipped behind the plate, forcing catcher Will Smith to reach into the path of Reynolds.

“Reynolds smoked some balls and we don’t get anything for that,” Shelton said. “Sometimes that’s just how baseball goes and tonight it went their way.”

Lux, activated off the injured list Tuesday, committed his second error with two outs in the fifth. He fielded a ball hit by Kevin Newman near the third-base line and airmailed the throw to first, allowing the Pirates to extend the inning.

The Pirates faced a left-handed starter for the sixth straight game, the first time that’s happened to the club since 1932. They went 1-5 in that stretch.

A day off

The Piratres are idle tonight and then head to St. Louis for a three-game series this weekend starting Friday night.

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