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Brault makes last-ditch bid at No. 5 starter


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BRADENTON, Fla.Steven Brault was struggling in the first inning when Ray Searage made a mound visit.

The conversation between the Pirates veteran pitching coach, Brault and Francisco Cervelli was light. However, Searage also made his point to the left-hander before returning to the dugout.

“Ray said, 'It just looks like you have a stick up your (rear end),’” Brault said. “So, basically the idea was you’ve got to relax, man. He said just start singing a song.”

After that, the pitcher who was a music major in college settled down.

Brault pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in what appears to be a longshot bid to be the fifth starter in helping the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Tigers in an exhibition game Tuesday at LECOM Park.

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