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Marte ready to take over in center field for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn't played the position regularly since the minor leagues.

Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made all but 42 of his 544 starts in left. An NL Gold Glove winner the past two years, Marte is being shifted by manager Clint Hurdle.

"I have a lot of experience playing center field," Marte said through translator Mike Gonzalez. "When they moved me to left field when I came up, I was fine with that decision and gave the best that I could. Now that the opportunity is being given, I'm really excited to go back to my original position."

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Leaders
AVG: S. Marte.311
HR: A. McCutchen24
RBI: G. Polanco86
SB: S. Marte47
W: J. Nicasio10
ERA: I. Nova4.90
Saves: T. Watson15
K: J. Nicasio138
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Chi Cubs 10358.640-
St. Louis 8676.53117.5
Pittsburgh 7883.48425
Milwaukee 7389.45130.5
Cincinnati 6894.42035.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .257 (13)
Runs: 729 (13)
Hits: 1426 (12)
Home Runs: 153 (26)
Stolen Bases: 110 (8)
OBP: .332 (4)
SLG: .402 (23)
Total Bases: 2226 (20)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.21 (18)
Runs Allowed: 758 (22)
Saves: 51 (5)
Strikeouts: 1232 (22)
OpBA: .267 (26)
OBP: .336 (26)
SLG: .436 (24)
Run Support: 4.52 (14)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/16 T. Watson Signed ( 2017)(loses arbitration)
2/10 P. Gosselin Traded Arizona (for RHP Frank Duncan)
2/10 N. Ogando Designated for Assignment
2/9 L. Bonilla Designated for Assignment
2/9 P. Light Traded Minnesota (for future considerations)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/28 S. Marte off 15-day DL
9/26 J. Harrison off 60-day DL
9/23 A. Schugel off 60-day DL
9/13 G. Cole off 60-day DL
9/13 E. Díaz off 60-day DL
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