Twins prevail 6-5 over McCutchen, Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring.
"No big deal," he said. "They don’t count in the spring."
McCutchen’s two-run homer was part of a five-run barrage against Minnesota starter Vance Worley in 1 2/3 innings.
In the first inning, the Pirates sent nine batters to the plate and scored three times. McCutchen doubled and scored on Travis Snider’s two-run single.
Worley was replaced by Kris Johnson after serving up McCutchen’s homer in the second. Worley faced 12 batters, but recorded only four outs. The right-hander allowed five hits.
Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two.