Pirates 5, Blue Jays 4(10)

Mark Buehrle was happy with his mound performance. And his time

in the dugout, too.

Buehrle allowed one run and four hits in 3 2-3 innings during

the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh

Pirates on Wednesday.

”It was good to go out four times,” he said. ”It’s all about

building up. You can throw 50 pitches and get tired. But when you

throw, sit down for a few minutes, then get up and do it again, it

builds arm strength.”

Toronto acquired the 33-year-old left-hander from Miami in

November. He figures to be a workhorse in the Blue Jays’


”You look at his career, and you can pretty much pencil in

double-digit wins and over 200 innings,” manager John Gibbons

said. ”He provides stability. You know he’s going to give you a

good effort, he’s going to keep you in the game. He’s durable. It’s

hard to find guys like that.”

Buehrle works fast, has won four straight Gold Gloves and knows

how to hold runners in check. Gibbons hopes some of the Blue Jays’

younger pitchers take cues from Buehrle.

”Buehrle’s one of those guys who, when he talks, they listen,”

Gibbons said. ”At least, if they’re smart they’ll listen.”

In the first inning, leadoff batter Anthony Gose tumbled

backward when Pirates starter James McDonald buzzed him with an

inside fastball. But Gose wound up drawing a walk and scored the

first run on a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Gose, considered a top prospect, played in 56 games last season

and hit .223 with 15 stolen bases.

”You really can’t stop him once he gets on the bases,” Gibbons

said. ”Offensively, he’s really coming around. That’s what

everybody’s said, once he gets that going he’s got a chance to be a

great player. He’s starting to do it. He’s having a tremendous


Gibbons said Gose, who is batting .344 this spring training, has

a bit of sneaky pop in his bat.

”He’s got a chance to drive the ball,” Gibbons said. ”He’ll

hit a few home runs, drive the gaps and hit a lot of triples. He’s

not your typical speed guy who just slaps singles around. You’ll

have to honor his power down the road, too.”

McDonald was scheduled to pitch five innings, but was efficient

enough to get into the sixth. He gave up three runs, five hits and

two walks in 5 1-3 innings and struck out five.

”Quick outs are always big,” McDonald said. ”In the first

inning, I made good pitches. A ground ball here or there, it

could’ve gone either way. I had purpose and pitched inside


McDonald struck out three of his final five batters, a time when

he started mixing in more breaking balls.

”Early in the game, I was working my fastball,” McDonald said.

”Toward the end, when my fastball location got a little more

crisp, I started getting ahead of guys. That always makes it


Pittsburgh tied the score in the ninth against Tyson Brummett on

Felix Pie’s leadoff homer and Josh Harrison’s two-out, RBI double.

Carlos Paulino hit a game-ending single in the 10th off Tommy

Hottovy, who had hit Jordy Mercer and Pie with pitches.

NOTES: The Pirates reassigned RHPs Jameson Taillon and Erik

Cordier, INFs Matt Hague and Anderson Hernandez and OF Darren Ford

to their minor league camp. INF Clint Robinson, OF Jerry Sands and

RHPs Vic Black, Hunter Strickland, Duke Welker and Stolmy Pimentel

were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. … Pirates RHP Jeff

Karstens (biceps tightness) threw two innings in a minor league

exhibition. He’s scheduled to pitch again Monday. … The Blue Jays

unconditionally released 1B David Cooper.