Ex-Blue Jay Snider excited to be a Pirate

PITTSBURGH — Newly acquired outfielder Travis Snider was in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup Tuesday night, batting second against the Chicago Cubs.

Snider, a Jackson High School graduate who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Brad Lincoln on Monday night, said he was looking forward to being in a pennant race.

“I’m excited to be a part of a winning ballclub,” Snider said. “It’s been exciting to watch this ballclub, just being a fan of baseball and seeing the strides they’ve taken over the last five years. They’ve really put together a great clubhouse and a great team and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Snider would “get the primary work load” in right field.

Batting Snider second may only be temporary according to manager Clint Hurdle, who said he would eventually like to work Snider into the middle of the order.

For now, Snider is just happy to be on a contending club.

“It’s definitely exciting to have an opportunity to play in October,” he said. “I’ll continue with the mindset I developed the last few years while going up and down: Be prepared every day, go hard and have fun.”

Snider went 1-4 in his first game for Pittsburgh with two runs scored.

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