Travis Snider, lunch box hero, begins again with Pittsburgh Pirates (Big League Stew)
CHICAGO — Travis Snider says he loves two things — playing baseball and eating meat. This means he's probably starting on the right foot with Pittsburgh Pirates fans. The non-vegetarian ones, anyway.
After being traded by the Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln in the wee hours the night before, Snider hopped a flight from Seattle and joined the Pirates on Tuesday for the second of three games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle put him second in the order and played him in right field. Running on adrenaline because of a lack of sleep, Snider singled and later scored, on Neil Walker's grand slam, in his first inning with Pittsburgh. He also made a nice, if adventurous, sliding catch on a fly ball in the fourth inning.
He finished 1 for 4 with a walk in Pittsburgh's 5-0 victory behind A.J. Burnett, who came within four outs of his second career no-hitter before settling for a one-hitter. As for Snider: He made a good first impression. Before the game, Snider said Hurdle told him to "Just go out there and be 'you.' "
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