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Worth noting

• The plan is for Gerrit Cole to be the first Pirates pitcher to take his in-game hacks this spring. He is listed in the lineup for Sunday's game at the Orioles.

• Also in Sunday's lineup is Starling Marte, who was scratched due to headaches on Friday and continued to rest Saturday.

"Feeling much better," said Marte, who had a similar episode early last season, when the Pirates were in Detroit.

• The Pirates will not work out at PNC Park next Sunday, the only day between the exhibition set in Philadelphia and the Monday, March 31 season opener. Apparently, a new rule mandates three off-days during Spring Training, and the Bucs have had only two in Florida.

Jason Grilli finally allowed a hit, but resorted to his old tricks to avoid allowing a run. Carlos Ruiz's single with one out in the sixth was the first of the spring off Grilli, who then also allowed a two-out double to Cesar Hernandez.

Grilli stranded the runners on second and third by striking out the side. He struck out Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Cody Asche.

Charlie Morton, the latest Pirates starter to get in his work in Minor League action at Pirate City, hurled seven shutout innings against the Yankees' High-A team on Saturday, walking two and fanning seven while allowing seven hits.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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