The Pirates and Twins meet again this afternoon at Bradenton as Grapefruit League winds down this week. I feel like the Pirates and Twins have played about 17 times this spring, but this is only their fifth meeting (at least that’s what the schedule says).
Gerrit Cole will take the mound for one last tuneup before the season in his final spring training appearance. Cole has only made one appearance this spring after recovering from inflammation. He gave up two runs in two innings of work last time. The Twins will counter with right-hander Tyler Duffey.
Jaso is batting leadoff once again today and Joyce will get another shot to impress the brass with his time running out to make the roster. McCutchen, Marte and Polanco all have the day off.