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Hague earns bench spot as Pirates finalize Opening Day Roster

PIRATES FINALIZE OPENING DAY ROSTER

PITTSBURGH — First baseman Matt Hague has earned his way onto the Pirates opening day roster, winning one of the final bench spots.
“I just like the way he’s going about his business, ” manager Clint Hurdle said today, prior to the Pirates afternoon workout.
Hague batted .400 in spring training, belting 7 home runs and adding 14 RBI’s. Hurdle today praised Hague’s ability to drive the ball this spring.
Yamaico Navarro and Josh Harrison round out the three final bench spots.
TIDBITS
*Reliever Chris Leroux was placed on the 60-day DL with a strained right pectoral muscle.
*Reliever Jared Hughes has made the team as the Pirates will carry seven relievers.
*The Pirates formally placed Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett on the 15-day DL.

25-MAN OPENING DAY ROSTER

Catcher: *Rod Barajas
First Base: *Garrett Jones
Second Base: *Neil Walker
Shortstop: *Clint Barmes
Third Base: *Pedro Alvarez
Left Field: *Alex Presley
Center Field: *Andrew McCutchen
Right Field: *Jose Tabata
BENCH
1B/3B Casey McGehee
OF Nate McClouth
Catcher Michael McKenry
3B/SS Josh Harrison
1B/3B Matt Hague
IF Yamaico Navarro
STARTING ROTATION
Eric Bedard
Jeff Karstens
Kevin Correia
James McDonald
RELIVERS
Chris Resop
Juan Cruz
Tony Watson
Jared Hughes
Jason Grilli
Evan Meek
Joel Hanrahan (Closer)
DISABLED LIST
Chris Leroux – 60 Day DL
Gustavo Nunez – 60 Day DL
Charlie Morton – 15 Day DL
AJ Burnett – 15 Day DL

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