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Rookie makes move in shortstop competition

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KEVIN NEWMAN TAGS OUT THE PHILLIES' MITCH WALDING EARLIER THIS MONTH IN CLEARWATER, FLA. - AP

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Someone seemed to take a step forward in the Pirates’ starting shortstop competition Thursday.

Finally.

Kevin Newman went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and three RBIs as the Pirates hit five homers to rout the Phillies 11-2 in an exhibition game at LECOM Park. It was easily the best game of spring training for either Newman or Erik Gonzalez.

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