BRADENTON, Fla. (KDKA/AP) – Pitcher Kevin Correia made his Pittsburgh Pirates debut on Sunday during a Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Manager Clint Hurdle was expecting Correia to pitch two full innings, but only lasted 1 1/3 after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks.
After the game, Correia said, he “didn’t mind the results. The first outing, you get that adrenaline rush. I was overthrowing, my stride got too long and everything flattened out.”
“It seems like I do it every year,” he said. “I get mad and say I’m not going to do it again. I’m not nervous or anything. You just get that adrenaline rush you haven’t had in months, and it gets you.”
The Pirates signed Correia to a two-year, $8 million contract in the off-season.
Correia has pitched for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres during his eight-year career. He has a career record of 36-43 with a 4.57 ERA.
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with a single, double and solo home run. He also scored three runs, drove in two and stole a base in five innings of play.
Hurdle was trying a new lineup combination for the second game in a row. Hurdle batted McCutchen third with Jose Tabata and Neil Walker ahead of him.
Hurdle said he wants to “look at what we can do to stretch our lineup to become more diverse and dynamic. We need to score more runs than we did last year. I believe he has the skills to hit third. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Over his first two years in the majors, McCutchen hit .283 in 190 games when batting first in the order. He’s a .302 hitter in 53 games in the third spot.
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