BRADENTON, Fla. -- The rainout of their Tuesday game against the Orioles blended two days of pitching plans for the Pirates, who consequently will throw three of their best arms against the Rays on Wednesday.
A.J. Burnett will make his scheduled start against Tampa Bay in the 1:05 p.m. ET game at McKechnie Field, and he will be followed by Wandy Rodriguez, whose start against Baltimore was washed out.
They will be followed by Gerrit Cole in his Grapefruit League debut, then left-hander Andrew Oliver and a mix of the pitchers who had been due to work either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Considering that the skies opened up Tuesday, drenching McKechnie Field into unplayable status after the Pirates had concluded with their customary pregame work, manager Clint Hurdle took the rainout in stride.
"The idea always is to play nine innings -- but it's not the worst thing," Hurdle said.
The manager also indicated that the Bucs (2-1) would stay with the starting lineup that was to take the field on Tuesday, not the alternate lineup he'd originally planned to use against the Rays.
The held-over batting order:
Marte LF, Walker 2B. McCutchen CF, Alvarez 3B, Jones 1B, G. Sanchez DH, Hawpe RF, McKenry C, Barmes SS.