McCann plays well in Braves 5-3 loss

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, March 24, 2009. (AP) -- Brian McCann will use the rest of spring training to become familiar with Atlanta's new starting pitchers. His swing is already set.

McCann, who batted .333 for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, had singles in his first two at-bats as he returned to the Braves lineup Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The three-time All-Star catcher was the only Atlanta hitter to have success against Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf, who allowed five hits and no walks in six scoreless innings. The right-hander is in a three-way competition for the final two spots in Pittsburgh's rotation.

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