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I was afraid the Bucs would do that

The first road trip of the season started with a loud thud in Arizona on Friday night.

The Bucs got clubbed by the Diamondbacks 9-1, bringing to a screeching halt any warm, fuzzy thoughts about that quick 2-0 start to open the season.

Manager John Russell sent Charlie Morton to the mound and the D-backs sent him to the showers early, tagging Morton for eight runs and nine hits. Morton didn't make it out of the fourth inning.

"I just didn't bear down," Morton told reporters after the game.

Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez looked like an All-Star, tossing six-hit ball and giving up just one run. The trouble was Lopez is a pitcher the Pirates should be able to beat. He missed the 2008 season after Tommy John surgery. He had seven uneventful appearances last season and finished with a 5.70 ERA.

To add insult to injury, the stoic Adam LaRoche had two hits against his former team.

It doesn't get any better Saturday with Arizona sending out Dan Haren, a real starter.

The Bucs are staring at a three-game losing streak and a familiar losing record.


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