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Hart struggles again as Tigers beat Pirates 6-3

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Hart might be walking his way out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation.Hart walked six of the 12 batters he faced, failing to make it out of the second inning in the Pirates' 6-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.Hart came into spring training as the favorite to win the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but the right-hander has struggled with his control. He threw 53 pitches, only 19 for strikes, and reached three-ball counts on nine batters — even hitting Ramon Santiago with a 3-0 pitch."My fastball had good life and my sinker had good movement," Hart said. "When I made pitches in the zone, I was able to get guys out. It's the 34 I threw out of the zone that got me into trouble."In four outings this spring, Hart has pitched 4 2-3 innings and walked 13 of the 30 batters he's faced. His ERA is 15.43.The Pirates acquired Hart from the Chicago Cubs last summer on the day before the trading deadline. Eager to see what they'd gotten, management hoped he ...

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