PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Josh Harrison's exploration of the baseball field continued on Wednesday night, when he drew the start in left field against the Rays. The previous day, he had started at shortstop. Thus, on consecutive days the candidate for one of three openings on the Pirates' regular-season roster has been in the starting lineup at two relatively unfamiliar positions. Harrison did quite well at short against the Phillies. About all he got to do in left field was chase down a few of the Tampa Bay hits that were dropping around him before he shifted to third base in the sixth.
"The one ball over the top [Evan Longoria's leadoff double in the fourth] -- he might've taken the wrong break on it. I don't know if he would've caught it anyway, it was hit pretty good," manager Clint Hurdle said. "[Yamaico] Navarro probably goes out there with more experience, but if the long-range plan is for Josh to be a super utility guy for us, I have every confidence that he'd be able to pull it off." Harrison had his chance to impact the game when he came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth. He gave David Price his best lick, but his line drive found first baseman Carlos Pena's glove.