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Brault struggles mightily in second spring start


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TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Brault has been maddingly inconsistent in his three seasons in the major leagues. He is following the same pattern again in the early stages of the exhibition season.

Brault retired just three of the 11 batters he faced Thursday in the Pirates’ 8-6 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. That came after Brault pitched two scoreless innings against the Phillies when he started the Grapefruit League opener last Saturday.

In one-plus inning, Brault was charged with four runs as he allowed four hits and four walks. He was removed after walking the bases loaded to begin the second inning.

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