Final

Blue Jays 11

(10-11, 6-6 away)

Pirates 2

(6-15, 4-8 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 27, 2010

    McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Florida 

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    TOR 130130021 11 - -
    PIT 000002000 2 - -

    Blue Jays 11, Pirates 2

    Associated Press

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Daniel McCutchen was hit hard in his first start since being named the Pirates' No. 5 starter, and Pittsburgh lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Saturday.

    McCutchen pitched four innings and allowed five runs -- two earned -- on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

    Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista doubled and hit a solo home run. Jeremy Reed had three RBIs, including a two-run single.

    "The results weren't quite there, but I did some good things," McCutchen said. "Overall, I felt pretty good. For a spring training game, trying to work on pitches, I thought it was a step forward."

    McCutchen got the No. 5 starter's job Wednesday, when right-hander Kevin Hart was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Hart was the front-runner at the start of spring training, but was plagued by control problems.

    Saturday was McCutchen's first start this spring in a major league game. He made his first two outings in relief and also started two minor league games.

    "I haven?t put too much pressure on myself throughout spring training," McCutchen said. "But I'm definitely not going to let up any because I know it?s pretty easy to get sent down, especially in my situation. I?m not pitching with a fear of getting sent down. I?m pitching and trying to get better all the time."

    Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno made fielding errors on back-to-back plays in the second inning that led to three unearned runs.

    Cedeno booted grounders by Jose Molina and Joey Gathright, the bottom two hitters in the Blue Jays' lineup.

    "I've got to stay focused," Cedeno said. "Everybody makes errors. It happens. But I've got to get ready for the season."

    Mixing mostly two- and four-seam fastballs, Blue Jays left-hander Brian Tallet pitched five scoreless innings. Tallet had allowed nine runs on 13 hits over his first three starts, but gave up just two hits against the Pirates.

    "I had good downward plane with my fastball and the rest of my pitches," Tallet said. "And I had good command. I was able to throw the ball to the corners, the edges and hit the mitt."

    Tallet spent the first seven years of his career mostly as a reliever, but he'll begin this season in the starting rotation.

    "The amount of innings is the only difference," Tallet said. "It's about getting your body ready every fifth day, building up pitch counts."

    Game notes


    Blue Jays 1B Lyle Overbay took infield practice Saturday after an MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee. Overbay was injured Friday in a collision with Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford. "I'd like to be back tomorrow," Overbay said. "Today it felt a lot better than I thought it would and, hopefully, tomorrow it will be even better. I will be ready." ... The Blue Jays reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp. ... Kevin McClatchy, the Pirates' principal owner from 1996-2007, attended Saturday's game at McKechnie Field. "It's a trip down memory lane to come down here," said McClatchy, who still lives in Pittsburgh. "I follow the team and hope they're going to do well. Nobody deserves it more than the Pirates' fans."

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Daniel McCutchen was hit hard in his first start since being named the Pirates' No. 5 starter, and Pittsburgh lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Saturday.

    McCutchen pitched four innings and allowed five runs -- two earned -- on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

    Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista doubled and hit a solo homer. Jeremy Reed had three RBIs, including a two-run single.

    In the second inning, Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno made fielding errors on back-to-back plays that led to three unearned runs.

    Blue Jays left-hander Brian Tallet pitched five scoreless innings. Tallet had allowed nine runs on 13 hits over his first three starts, but gave up just two hits against the Pirates.

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    Game Information

    StadiumMcKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL
    Weather77 degrees, Fair
    Wind3 mph, NW
    Umpires, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Wally Bell