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With spring training nearing end, outfield competition still heating up

BRADENTON, Fla. -- This was marketed as a spring of competition for the Pirates, and while the second base competition has yet to produce a front runner and some bullpen decisions may come down to pitcher health, there's a legitimate battle for outfield playing time.

Sure, there were some spots already more or less penciled in. Bryan Reynolds is starting, and it would be pretty shocking if Jack Suwinski doesn't make the opening day team, even if he has struggled with the sun on defense this year. Andrew McCutchen is going to split time his time between the outfield and designated hitter.