McCutchen gets HR, 3 hits, Pirates lose to Twins

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.



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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.

McCutchen's 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.

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