--RHP Kevin Correia looked comfortable in the 41-degree cold at Wrigley, turning in a solid Opening Day start Friday. He allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits over six-plus innings. Pounding the lower part of the zone, he twice stranded two runners. "It was sloppy conditions, but we did a good job," Correia said.
--CF Andrew McCutchen, who batted .356 in the spring, kept that going by belting a two-run home run, a double to left and drawing a walk in the opener. "We had a lot of guys who got on base, some big hits, and we had everybody contribute," McCutchen said of the Pirates' two home runs that brought all of their runs in the 6-3 victory over the Cubs. "That's the way we're going to have to win."
--C Ryan Doumit had a fine all-around game, with a single, a walk, a bullet of a throw on a caught stealing, and a run-saving block of a third-inning slider by RHP Kevin Correia. Doumit has struggled mightily with his defense, and any improvement surely would help the Pirates' attempts to trade him and his $5.1 million salary.
--C Chris Snyder continues to be held out of activity because of lower back pain. GM Neal Huntington said Friday that Snyder will need to get extensive action before returning. In the interim, expect Ryan Doumit to get the bulk of the catching duty but with spot starts from Jason Jaramillo, who had a surprisingly productive spring with a .410 average. "We'll use them both," manager Clint Hurdle said.
--RHP James McDonald cleared his final hurdle to return to the Pirates rotation, pitching Thursday in an intrasquad game in Florida, then showing no symptoms of his strained right side Friday. His first start will come Tuesday in St. Louis, and McDonald said he "definitely" would be ready.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Opening Day grand slams in the Pirates' 125-year history. Neil Walker hit one Friday, and Roberto Clemente the other in 1962.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I told Ronny it was great that he tied his walk total from all spring." -- Manager Clint Hurdle, on SS Ronny Cedeno drawing a rare walk Friday.
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