Kevin Correia Named Opening Day Starter

BRADENTON, Fla. (KDKA) – When the Pirates face the Chicago Cubs to open the 2011 season, right-hander Kevin Correia will be the fourth different Opening Day pitcher for the Pirates in the last four years.

Colin Dunlap, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported that Hurdle set the starting rotation and named Corriea the Opening Day starter on Thursday.

Joining Correia in the rotation is Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton and James McDonald.

This spring training Correia is 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA. He pitched in five games for a total of 18 1/3 innings. He allowed 27 hits, 14 runs, six walks while striking out 15.

Hurdle said it was a tough decision naming the opening day starter, but he’ll start Correia on the road in Chicago and Maholm will pitch in the home opener on April 7. The Pirates face Hurdle’s former team, the Colorado Rockies, in their home opener at PNC Park.

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  • Mr.Jones

    Here is a list of the opening day starters since 1994 and with an ERA of 6.38 he should fit right in.
    Zane Smith,Jon Lieber,Paul Wagner,Francisco Cordoba,Jason Schimdt,Todd Ritchie,Mighty Ron Villone,Kris Benson,Kip Wells,Oliver Perez,Zach Duke,Ian Snell,Paul Maholm. Duplicates have been omitted but unfortunately the memories and dubious records,can not be.
    Give the Pirates back to Pittsburgh and go home Nutting.

  • Will

    Pirates, just stay down in Florida.

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