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Unheralded Reyes has been spring’s iron man


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BRADENTON, Fla.Pablo Reyes has become the Cal Ripken Jr. of the Grapefruit League.

The rookie utility player has seemed to be in the lineup every day during spring training for the Pirates. And when he hasn’t been playing in exhibition games, the 25-year-old has been facing the Pirates’ starting pitchers in simulated games.

Clint Hurdle said he wanted to take a long look at Reyes before Grapefruit League play started and has lived up to his word. Reyes has made six appearances in center field, three at second base, two at shortstop and one in right field. He is 8-for-27 (.296) with two doubles and two home runs.

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