BRADENTON, Fla. -- Clint Hurdle sounded close to naming his Opening Day starter to face the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija on March 31 in PNC Park. The manager hasn't yet, because the choice himself had not yet been told.
Whoever it is, he will be the Pirates' seventh consecutive different Opening Day starter, since 2013 honoree A.J. Burnett was introduced Sunday as the newest member of the Phillies. This is the second longest such streak in the Majors behind that of the Oakland A's, who will make it nine straight after '13 inaugural pitcher Brett Anderson's deal to Colorado.
The last Pittsburgh pitcher to start consecutive Opening Days? Oliver Perez, in 2005-06.