’Football player playing baseball’ Alford playing well

’Football player playing baseball’ Alford playing well

Outfielder Anthony Alford’s Pittsburgh audition came to crashing halt just five games after coming over to the Pirates when he ran into the center field wall at PNC Park trying to chase down a Tucker Barnhart home run. So what Alford thought was a good break – with the Pirates in need of an outfielder – turned into a bad break – a dislocated right elbow.

Alford was brought along slowly at the outset of spring training, still rehabbing from September surgery, but now three weeks in he is fully cleared, ready to compete, and off to an encouraging start.

After getting a pair of hits in Thursday’s 7-5 win over the Orioles, including his second Grapefruit League home run, Alford is hitting .417. He also received a nod from manager Derek Shelton for some heads-up base-running that led to a run after his fourth inning double.

But those were not Alford’s favorite plays. With no outs and a man on first base in the third inning, Baltimore’s Cedric…

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