Liriano limped back to the clubhouse, having tossed 5 2 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four. Liriano still expects to be ready for Opening Day, when he is scheduled to start against the Cubs jerseys.
“I think it going to be OK,” Liriano said. “We see how I feel tomorrow.”
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“If you got those thoughts in your mind, you probably not going to have a successful day authentic jerseys wholesale out there,” Pirates jerseys reliever cheap Justin Wilson jersey said. “There enough that goes on in the game that you got to be aware of. Batters get hit at the plate, pitchers get hit on the mound.”
On Wednesday night, Cincinnati Reds jerseys closer cheap Aroldis Chapman jersey was hit in the face by a liner off the bat of Kansas City cheap Salvador Perez jersey. Chapman had a steel plate surgically implanted due to a fracture above his left eye and is expected to be out at least two months.
“A horrible injury,” Pirates jerseys reliever cheap Tony Watson jersey said. “I feel for the guy.”
Wilson has had a few close calls.
“Nothing up high, though. I usually seem to get out of the way,” Wilson said. “If you been on the mound long enough, you been hit a few times.”
This winter, MLB approved a padded cap for use during games. However, many pitchers say the cap is too bulky.
“I have to actually put it on and try to throw with it before I give an honest opinion of what I think of it,” Wilson said.
The Pirates jerseys have inquired with manufacturer IsoBlox about the caps and are willing to test them when they become available. The caps are intended to be a safeguard against concussions but probably wouldn have done much to protect Chapman, who was hit in the forehead.
When he throws on the side between starts, Wandy Rodriguez will sometimes bring his left arm back very slowly and deliberately before beginning his delivery. He uses a less exaggerated motion in games.
It a reminder Rodriguez uses to break a bad habit.
“When I bring my arm back fast, I lose a lot of my control,” Rodriguez said. “When I go slowly, I have better location and I think I throw with a little bit more velocity. I throw more aggressively to home plate and attack the zone. I able to keep my head still and keep my eyes on where I want to put the ball. I have better concentration.”
Reliever Cody Eppley grew up in Harrisburg, a kind of crossroads sports town whose residents have divided loyalties. Eppley always cheered for the Steelers and Penguins, but his favorite baseball team didn wear black and gold.
“I was a (Philadelphia) Phillies jerseys fan,” Eppley said. “With every other sport, I a Pittsburgh fan. The Phillies jerseys were always on TV.
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