Not bad for a guy who was supposed to need heart surgery this offseason:
Niese is coming off a year in which he went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 190 innings.
That reference to Santana, of course, is Johan, who still has no timetable for throwing off a mound and is still building up arm strength.
Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.