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For the first time in Grapefruit League action, the Detroit Tigers got the bats going with an 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday afternoon. Today, they look to keep the bats going against another NL Central foe, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos come into Joker Marchant Stadium for the first of two spring contests between the teams (the other being in Bradenton on March 24).
Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates — 1:05 PM EST
Joker Marchant Stadium–Lakeland, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM in Detroit (click for radio affiliates)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday
Weather Forecast: 81 degrees, cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers
When We Last Met
Having been deemed “natural interleague rivals” by MLB, the Pirates and Tigers meet every year. They had quite a memorable series in late May 2013 with two games in Detroit immediately followed by two games in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh took the final three games of the series after the Tigers eeked out a 6-5 win in the series’ first game at Comerica Park. The Tigers scored just three runs in the final three games, losing a pair of 1-0 games.
Rick Porcello gets the start.