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Pirates 8, Blue Jays 8, tie, 10 innings

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Eldred homered in his third consecutive game as the Pittsburgh Pirates tied the Toronto Blue Jays 8-8 in 10 innings Monday.

Eldred broke a thumb last year while playing in the minor leagues.

"The biggest thing for me is I'm healthy," Eldred said. "When you have a hand injury, you worry that you might lose power, but I am feeling as strong as I ever have."

Zach Duke, who may start the Pirates' opener, allowed two runs and two hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked none.

"My stuff feels really good for this part of the spring," Duke said. "I pretty much threw my pitches where I wanted to."

Toronto starter Josh Towers allowed one hit in two innings -- Eldred's homer.

"It was the best I have felt in a long time," Towers said. "I felt I had the control over exactly what I wanted to do. The only thing I couldn't do is I really didn't pitch inside to righties too well."

Eddie Garabito hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, and Vernon Wells homered for Toronto.

Pittsburgh is 0-4 despite holding a lead in all five games.

Game notes
Blue Jays reliever Brandon League (lateral muscle strain) threw off the mound for the first time Monday and reported no problems. "I'll throw two sides and a BP before getting into a game in about a week," he said. ... LHP Jo Matumoto is scheduled to pitch in a "B" against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.