One-third of the way through exhibition play, there are as many questions as answers about the rotation. Currently, only Duke and Snell look to be locked in, though it would be a surprise if Gorzelanny and Maholm aren’t in the rotation when the season starts April 2. Gorzelanny, out for a month late last season because of a sore elbow, has been ineffective so far with a 14.21 ERA in three appearances. He made his first start of the spring Sunday, allowing four runs in the first inning of a 9-8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before settling down to pitch two scoreless innings. “As we go along here, it’s something we’ve got to be mindful of – you don’t want to dig that type of hole for yourself,” Tracy said. The wild card in the competition is McLeary, who was 2-0 in five games late last season. He has a 3.86 ERA in seven innings this spring and has impressed Tracy with his determination to win a job. “It’s why we stay here until the end of March,” he said. When camp opened, the top four starters appeared set with right-hander Ian Snell and left-handers Zach Duke, Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny. Right-handers Tony Armas, who signed a $3.5 million contract for this season, and Shawn Chacon were expected to compete for the other job. SARASOTA, Fla. – Maybe that Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation isn’t nearly as settled as it appeared to be when spring training opened last month. Manager Jim Tracy’s explanation for unforeseen developments, which include Marty McLeary greatly improving his chances for a spot in the starting rotation, is simple. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
3.30PM LATEST: Donegal is being hit by storm force winds this afternoon with gusts of up to 137 km/hr recorded on Arranmore Island, but the winds are easing inland.Malin Head reported a gust of 66knots (122kmph) between 12-1pm.There are trees down in a number of areas including near Glenties, Drumkeen, Ardara, Ballyshannon and Ramelton as ex-Hurricane Katia hits the county. At one stage a huge trampoline was blocking the road from Dunfanaghy to Falcarragh – blown from a garden.And just moments after Met Eireann said the winds probably wouldn’t affect power supplies, the ESB reported 6,000 homes had lost power and telephone lines are now also down in many areas in the west of the county.ESB told donegaldaily.com that power has biw been restored to 5,800 homes, with just 200 homes in the county now without a supply – but ESB emergency crews say more cuts could happen throughout the afternoon.The Mulroy Bridge is closed and the AA is warning motorists to slow down following reports to this website from several drivers that some other road users are “driving as mad as usual.” Peter O’Donnell from irishweatheronline had just reported: “We are expecting winds to gradually decrease this evening although it will remain very gusty for the next few hours.”Out of electricity? Get www.donegaldaily.com on your phone.* Got pictures? Send them to [email protected]: DONEGAL IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE KATIA STORM was last modified: September 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Doengaldonegaldaily weatherGlentieshurricane katia