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Pirates’ Holmes getting used to swingman role

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Clay Holmes doesn’t know what his role will be this season.

The Pirates have used the right-hander once in relief and once as a starter in the early part of the exhibition season. If Holmes makes the major-league club out of spring training, it will be as a long reliever. If he gets optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, he will almost certainly be used as a starter.

Holmes made his first Grapefruit League start Wednesday and worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Pirates’ 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at LECOM Park. However, it was far from smooth as the rookie allowed two hits and two walks to go with two strikeouts.

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