"They were young," Tracy said of his staff last season. "They didn't have an understanding of damage control or of making an adjustment in midstream. When you start seeing young people do that, it's a very positive sign."That's exactly what happened to us in the second half of the season last year." And the question is ... The Pirates have had two players who have won batting titles and MVP Awards in the same season. Can you name the two players? (See answer below) Did you know: From 1966 to 1970, Matty Alou was one of the game's most efficient and productive hitters. He compiled 986 hits during that span and won a batting title (1966). Only Pete Rose (1,014) had more hits than Alou during that span. Bucs notes: Freddy Sanchez sat out another game with his sprained right knee Friday. He's not expected to play Saturday, when the Pirates host the Yankees. "He was moving around in here pretty good," Tracy said. "There was some talk that he might take some swings today in the cage. He's doing fine; we'll get him back out there very shortly." ... The Pirates have 60 players in camp, a total that includes 29 pitchers. Nine of those 29 pitchers are non-roster players. ... Infielder Jose Castillo got his first start at second base. "We want to get him some at-bats," Tracy said of Castillo. "He played second base today because I know he can do it." Honor role: Vera Clemente, widow of Pirates great Roberto Clemente, will be one of the three people Major League Baseball will honor March 31 in Memphis, Tenn., as part of its Civil Rights Game ceremonies. Clemente will receive one of the inaugural "Beacon Awards" in recognition of her efforts on behalf of civil rights around the world. The late Buck O'Neil and filmmaker Spike Lee will also receive the award. The answer is ... In 1978, outfielder Dave Parker batted .334 en route to winning both honors. In 1960, shortstop Dick Groat accomplished the same feat when he batted .325 in leading the Pirates to victory in the World Series that season. Quotable: "At 110 pitches in five innings, you're just about done. You're not gonna let a guy throw 130 or 135 pitches over the course of six innings. I mean, that's senseless to do to a young arm. You don't do things like that to a young arm. -- Tracy, on his pitching staff Up next: The Pirates will host the Yankees on Saturday at McKechnie Field at 1:05 p.m. ET. Maholm will start for the Pirates, and he'll face Yankees left-hander Kei Igawa. Snell, Josh Sharpless, Damaso Marte and Allan Simpson are also scheduled to pitch against the Bronx Bombers.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.