Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Orioles 5

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Orioles 5

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GAME DATA

* Record: 13-5.

* Starter: Jameson Taillon: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

* Hitter: Phil Gosselin: 1 for 3, 1 HR, 4 RBIs.

* Of note: The Orioles' Pedro Alvarez was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his spring debut.

NEWS OF THE DAY

It was a crisp four innings for Taillon in his first appearance at the Pirates' home park in Bradenton since March 7, 2014. His fastball sat in the mid-90s (mph), his curveball snapped, and he sprinkled in an improved changeup. The final count was seven ground-ball outs, plus a David Freese fielding error on another grounder. When behind in counts, Taillon still challenged hitters.

"That just builds some confidence for me," he said. "Even when I'm behind in the count, they can know a fastball is coming but angle, deception, movement get guys on the ground every time. …

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