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Rotation candidate Lyles satisfied with debut


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Kevin Cuerrier, of Port Dover, Ontario, holds his seven-month-old son while watching the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla. - AP

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jordan Lyles is competing with three other pitchers for one open spot in the Pirates’ rotation.

However, Lyles is not obsessing over his results or those of Steven Brault, Rookie Davis and Nick Kingham. After eight years in the major leagues, the right-hander has learned not to worry much about the exhibition season.

Lyles made his first start of the spring Monday and allowed one run in two innings as the Pirates beat the Red Sox, 4-3, at LECOM Park. The Pirates improved to 3-0 in Grapefruit League play.

Lyles faced a very watered-down lineup. None of the players who were on the field when the Red Sox closed out the Dodgers in Game 5 of last year’s World Series made the 90-mile trip from Boston’s camp in Fort Myers, Fla.

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