Armas makes his case in Bucs' win

Armas makes his case in Bucs' win

at Bradenton, Fla.
Monday, March 12

Pirates at the plate: Adam LaRoche drove in a run in the first for his third RBI, and finished the day 2-for-2 with a walk. Shortstop Jose Castillo doubled and scored two runs, and pitcher Tony Armas collected an RBI with a second-inning single up the first-base line. Jose Hernandez doubled twice and drove in a run. Neil Walker hit his first homer of the season in the seventh inning.

Indians at the plate: Cleveland mustered just one hit, a solo homer from Ryan Garko, through the first five innings until Casey Blake doubled. Mike Rouse had a shining defensive play at second base, falling over backward while catching a midfield popup on the run.

Pirates on the mound: Armas faced just two batters over the minimum in his four innings, giving up a homer in the first and hitting Trot Nixon in the third. Armas, John Wasdin, Jesse Chavez and Dan Kolb combined to throw a three-hitter. Chavez gave up a double in the sixth and Kolb a single in the eighth.

Indians on the mound: Jeremy Sowers was tagged for six hits and three runs (two earned) during his three innings. Tony Sipp allowed three hits and a run in an inning of relief.

Grapefruit League records: Pirates 3-8-1; Indians 8-5.

Up next: The Pirates have an off-day for the first and only time this spring on Tuesday. The Indians travel to Winter Haven for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Mets. Lefty C.C. Sabathia gets the ball for Cleveland, and will face right-hander Jason Vargas. Left-hander Aaron Fultz and righties Brian Slocum and Rafael Betancourt are also scheduled to appear for the Indians.

Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.