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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Kirkman tosses 3 impressive innings

By Jeff Caplan

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After pitching out of a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning, left-handed hopeful Michael Kirkman faced the minimum six batters over his next two innings of work.

He gave up a lead-off walk  in his second inning of work, but catcher Yorvit Torrealba threw out Justin Upton attempting to steal second. In the sixth, Kirkman got three quick outs on on a fly ball, a strike out and ground out to second.

In his three innings, Kirkman allowed two hits, a walk and he struck out two.

"He did really well," said Yorbit Torrealba, who caught the first two of Kirkman's innings. "I really like what I saw from him. He pounded the strike zone and [his pitches] had some life to it."