Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blue Jays 4, Pirates 2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blue Jays 4, Pirates 2

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* Game: Blue Jays 4, Pirates 2.

* Starter: Gerrit Cole -- 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

* Hitter: Pedro Alvarez -- 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs scored.

* Of note: Brent Morel, whom the Pirates claimed off waivers this week, made his Pirates debut and went 1 for 2.

NEWS OF THE DAY

Cole and Jameson Taillon wanted to hone their timing and keep the fastball down in the zone in their first outing in spring training. Taillon also worked on improving his ability to control opposing baserunners.

"That's a big thing I need to work on," he said. "You can't hide it, runners have taken advantage of me in the minor leagues a bit. That's one of the last things I need to take care of. I'm never going to be a one [second] flat to the plate, but if I can hold the ball, mix my looks, mix in a quick step here and there and show a good pick move, I think that's the package I need. …

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