Towers nearly perfect as Jays, Bucs tie

Towers nearly perfect as Jays, Bucs tie

BLUE JAYS 2, PIRATES 2, 10 innings
at Bradenton, Fla.
Monday, March 26

Jays at the plate: Jeff Duncan went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks to raise his Grapefruit League average to .353. Pitcher Josh Towers grounded into a double play in the fifth, but the play allowed Chip Cannon to score, putting the Jays in front at the time.

Pirates at the plate: Catcher Ryan Doumit hit his first home run of the spring to lead off the ninth and tie the game at 2. Catcher Ronny Paulino collected two hits during the game, and now has 22 hits in his last 34 at-bats. Paulino also scored on a fielding error for the game's first run.

Jays on the mound: Towers continued to make his bid for the fifth starter's spot by not allowing an earned run in his six innings of work. He permitted just three hits, walked one and fanned five. Shawn Marcum relieved Towers, and threw two shutout innings.

Pirates on the mound: Paul Maholm also did not allow an earned run in his six innings and scattered three hits. He struck out four and walked two to lower his ERA to 1.98. Masumi Kuwata was cruising through his 1 2/3 innings outing by allowing just one hit, but injured his right ankle backing up third base and was replaced by Jonah Bayliss. Bayliss tossed a scoreless inning.

Grapefruit League records: Pirates 10-15-2; Jays 10-11-4.

Up next: Pittsburgh will travel to Fort Myers on Tuesday and face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Tony Armas will get the ball for the Pirates in his sixth and final start of the spring. He'll face Tim Wakefield.

Toronto right-hander Geremi Gonzalez is slated to start when the Blue Jays host the Devil Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Knology Park. Toronto ace Roy Halladay is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game.

Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.