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.