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Pirates notebook: Players show support for Franklin Regional

Pittsburgh Tribune (Chris Harlan) — In a show of community support, Pirates players donned Franklin Regional shirts Friday at PNC Park, and the team announced plans to raise money for ...
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Pirates acquire Ike Davis

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates on Friday traded for first baseman Ike Davis, sending minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to the New York Mets.
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Pirates trade for Mets 1B Davis

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named. ...
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Breaking down Saturday’s Pirates-Brewers game

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel’s inside look at Saturday’s game: • Wandy Rodriguez’s 41.7 percent fly ball rate is the highest of his career and ...
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Kovacevic: Panic over Pirates? In April? Why?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Dejan Kovacevic) — The formula for the 2014 Pirates’ success, on its surface, probably looked so simple all winter long: Build from the same 94-win base, bring back ...
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Pirates Tabata passes all concussion tests after hitting wall

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jose Tabata did not get a concussion when he collided with the outfield wall Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said, and was available off the bench for the game Thursday against the Milwaukee...
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Baseball Lore: Tough Dutch gave family many ideas, like backing Bucs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Coming of age and raising a family during the Depression era in rural Pennsylvania wasn't easy.
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Patience pays off as Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle won’t quite come out and say it, but ... he told ya so. During spring training, Hurdle preached patience when right-hander ...
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Pirates should exploit free-swinging Brewers

Pittsburgh Tribune (David Golebiewski) — The Milwaukee Brewers have extended their domination of the Pirates into the 2014 season, sweeping a three-game set at Miller Park last weekend. Carlos Gomez ...
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Pirates pound Brewers, 11-2

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates couldn’t quite get to Yovani Gallardo Thursday night, but they managed to outlast him.
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Pirates notebook: Tabata OK’d to return to play

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bob Cohn) — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said outfielder Jose Tabata does not have a concussion and was available to play against Milwaukee on Thursday at PNC Park. ...
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Cueto mows down Pirate hitters with a career-high 12 Ks

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto augmented the already great stuff he had Wednesday with deft manipulation of the strike zone. He found spots just off the plate that would get him a called strike and...
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Pirates Tabata hurt on catch in 5th

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette CINCINNATI -- Jose Tabata left a game Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds because of concussion-like symptoms after colliding with the outfield wall while making a catch.
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Upper St. Clair’s Slowey joins Marlins’ rotation

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Right-hander Kevin Slowey will move into the Marlins’ rotation to replace struggling left-hander Brad Hand and start Sunday against Seattle. The start will be ...
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Pirates notebook: Walker’s razor a right-handed swing solution

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI — When examining competing theories for a solution to a problem, sometimes the simpler choice is best. Neil Walker went into the offseason well ...
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Breaking down Thursday’s Pirates-Brewers game

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter  Travis Sawchik’s inside look at Thursday’s game: • Edinson Volquez has struggled mightily against two Brewers stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez ...
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Cueto gets best of Bucs, as Reds take series

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI — Last season Francisco Liriano was the ultimate lefty silencer. He allowed just two extra-base hits to left-handers and held lefty hitters to a ...
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Cueto silences Bucs, 4-0

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette CINCINNATI — Augmenting the fact that Johnny Cueto had great stuff this afternoon was his manipulation of the strike zone.
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Blog Articles

Commission the Ray Searage statue … and the game’s pace problem

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – One of the most interesting developments this April, for me, is this number: 1.7. That’s Edinson Volquez’s walk rate. It’s too early to know if Volquez has...
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Speed bump?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – Prior to yesterday’s game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noted an issue plaguing the Pirates’ starting pitchers early this season. “We’re not getting away with...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A hiccup or a warning sign?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  Remember when Miller Park was a house of horrors for the Pirates? (It wasn’t that long ago). Well,  it is again as the Pirates  head to Cincinnati today fresh off of...
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Fear the Brewers?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Brewers are in a precarious position. They live in a small-market city. They reside in a division that has three playoff teams form a year ago. In the division are three...
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A collective approach and early signs of an Alvarez breakout?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  I thought one Pedro Alvarez plate appearance last night at Chicago was particularly interesting and it was not his hardest-hit ball, the end result of his first-inning plate...
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Charlie Morton throws like Roy Halladay can he pitch like him?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – If you pair achieved video of Roy Halladay with Charlie Morton footage you’ll be struck by how remarkably similar they throw, and not all of it is by accident. Back in...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the confounding TJ for JT outcome

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – We still don’t know anything. That’s what I took away from Sunday’s news that Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon requires Tommy John surgery. The Pirates handled Taillon...
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The beginning of something big?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – While Opening Day was about as perfect as you could hope for from a Pirates’ perspective, this weekend series is really the fist intriguing must-see, match-up of the...
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Game 3: Cubs @ Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — My, but sunrise came quickly today and I might just doze off while blogging. If you have to ask why, then you haven’t yet read this. Both teams blew out their bullpen’s...
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Near perfection is no match for regression

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – We know one of the salient reasons the Pirates broke the streak, won 94 games, and made the postseason last year was because of a bullpen that was nearly flawless for the first...
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Game 2: Cubs @ Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Full disclosure: I’m an instant replay skeptic. It slows the game, sows seeds of self-doubt with the umpires and cannot guarantee that “every call will be correct.” I also...
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Is Liriano’s left arm going to fall off?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – That was about as perfect of an Opening Day as the Pirates could have hoped for. The skies cleared. The temperature rose. Francisco Liriano and bullpen were in 2013 form and...
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Pregame 1: Opening Day v. Cubs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Happy Opening Day. Allow me to blast ya with some trivia, news and notes: This is Franicisco Liriano‘s second Opening Day assignment. He started Twins opener in 2009 and dropped 6-1 decision...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A need for speed

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I hope some of you espace dwellers had a chance to take a look at our paper product on Sunday, which included our MLB Preview. Not to be nostalgic, but there’s still...
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2014 predictions

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The following is the product of an exhaustive study of the Baseball Prospectus annual, Zips forecasts and Nastradoums Quatrains – combined with subjective observations...
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Morning briefing: Game 29 v. Yankees

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — The sun had not yet risen over McKechnie Field on this final day in Florida for the Pirates when the team announced a minor trade. Outfielder Keon Broxton was acquired from...
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Pirates strike gold with Marte but rank 27th in payroll. What’s the offseason grade now?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So we know how many of you felt about the offseason, but this should warm your heart: Starling Marte and Gregroy Polanco will be together in the Pirates’ outfield through...
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Morning briefing: Game 28 @ Twins

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — The team bus has left for Fort Myers for the game against the Twins. I’m staying behind at McKechnie Field to watch Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez pitch in a...
  • 23 days ago
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Upset alert: Somtimes spring training stats do matter

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates’ 25-man roster is taking shape as the club made a number of cuts this morning, the most surprising being that of Andrew Lambo, who was sent to Triple-A after...
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Morning briefing: Game 27 v. Blue Jays

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — As you can read elsewhere on this site, the Pirates this morning cut 11 players from big league camp. Sending out Andrew Lambo and Jaff Decker brought some clarity to two...
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