Pirates pitcher Correia singles twice off Beckett

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, Pedro Alvarez, center, and Lyle Overbay stand behind the batting cage before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton, Fla., Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, Pedro Alvarez, center, and Lyle Overbay stand behind the batting cage before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton, Fla., Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar - AP)
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By BEN WALKER
The Associated Press
Saturday, March 19, 2011; 4:11 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pittsburgh pitcher Kevin Correia singled twice off Red Sox star Josh Beckett, including a bases-loaded hit that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates past Boston 7-5 Saturday.

The Pirates had the option of using a designated hitter in this exhibition - Mike Cameron was Boston's DH - but Correia hit for himself. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle wants his pitchers to bat as much as possible this spring after they hit a collective .090 last season.

Beckett was pulled after 4 2-3 innings with the Pirates ahead 5-3. He has allowed 12 runs in 14 1-3 innings this spring.

Correia, projected as Pittsburgh's opening-day starter, gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He's been somewhat shaky in all five spring starts.


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