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Pirates Notebook: Reds' late rally tops Pirates, 8-3

Monday, March 03, 2003

By Robert Dvorchak, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Cincinnati Reds rallied from a one-run deficit by scoring six times in the final three innings for an 8-3 victory against the Pirates, who dropped to 1-3 in exhibition play. The Pirates were outhit, 12-5, in a game that was delayed 75 minutes by rain.

Losing pitcher Al Reyes allowed two runs with two outs in the eighth. The second run scored on a double steal.

Reliever Mike Gonzalez gave up three runs in the ninth, one on a wild pitch and two on a double by former Pirates outfielder Emil Brown. Two other former Pirates, reliever Josias Manzanillo and catcher Reed Secrist, played for the Reds. Manzanillo jumped high in the air and dashed off the field after pitching the first inning.

Aramis Ramirez singled in the Pirates' first run. Carlos Rivera drove in a run with a groundout, and Tike Redman walked with the bases loaded for the Pirates' third run. The Pirates stranded eight runners, including five in the fifth and sixth innings.

Rolando Arrojo, hampered by a strained hamstring early in camp, made his first appearance for the Pirates. He allowed one run and three hits in two innings. Ariel Prieto, who, like Arrojo, is a Cuban defector, pitched a perfect inning. He hasn't pitched in a game since July 2001 because of a shoulder injury.

Reds first baseman Sean Casey, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, appeared in his first game since September.

Seeing is believing

When Jason Kendall reported for work one recent morning, Mike Williams made sure everybody noticed Kendall's new spectacles with some good-natured clubhouse ribbing: "Here's Mister Peabody. Here comes the nerd."

Kendall was having trouble seeing things far away, so he sought out team eye doctor Ed Diamond. He wears glasses off the field and contact lenses during games.

"It's no big deal," Kendall shrugged. "There's probably 25 other people in this clubhouse who wear contacts."

Kendall said his vision didn't affect his hitting last year. But Kendall, who will be the team's leadoff hitter unless there's an acquisition, said he now is seeing pitches better.

"He's seeing the spin again. He told me he wasn't seeing the spin last year," Diamond said. "He's seeing beautifully now."

Yesterday, Kendall led off the game with a walk and scored the Pirates' first run.

Injury report

Reliever Mike Lincoln threw yesterday for the first time in two weeks. It is not known when he might begin throwing off a mound. ... Pokey Reese, who cut his hair shorter and no longer has corn rows, will have an X-ray taken today of his injured right finger.. ... Reggie Sanders was slated to make his debut yesterday, but he was held out until today.

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