McLouth chases Bracket glory

You can root for your guy — Nate McLouth, representing the Pirates — in an MLB.com NCAA Tournament smackdown featuring a representative of all 30 Major League teams.

McLouth’s competition includes the Rockies’ Jason Giambi, The Orioles’ Mark Reynolds and the Uptons, Justin of Arizona and B.J. of the Rays. …

Gerrit Cole pitched three innings in a Pirate City camp game on Tuesday, maxed out at 98 mph on the radar — and afterward mentioned that he was holding back. Nice to be able to dial it down and still come within two notches of triple-digits. …

Incidentally, Cole’s slider clocked 91 mph. …

While the rest of the Pirates are in Fort Myers tomorrow to face the Twins, Erik Bedard will be in Pirate City starting a Triple-A game. Bedard’s last start had been against Minnesota and with his turn coming up again, this gives him a chance to deal with some different looks. …

Alex Presley, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen may be a keeper 1-2-3 combo atop the Pirates’ lineup. Don’t think there is another team using its outfielders as the first three hitters in the order.

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