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Pirates look to put more pressure on opposition through improved baserunning

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Every now and then, Josh Harrison will watch the videos and marvel in disbelief at what he was able to do on ...
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MLB notebook: A-Rod singles in 1st at-bat in spring debut

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat ...
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Pirates notebook: Harrison’s day cut short by ankle injury

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Harrison’s spring training debut was cut short Wednesday by discomfort in his left ankle. Harrison left the game against the Toronto ...
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Mercer hoping to build on progress from last season

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette BRADENTON, Fla. — Sometimes in the middle of games last season, Jordy Mercer would approach Nick Leyva in the dugout, out of sight.
  • 16 hr 23 min ago

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.4.15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Poll Question: Jung Ho Kang will start the most games at what position? Answer #1: Second base (7%) Answer #2: Shortstop (64%) Answer #3: Third base (29%)
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MLB notebook: Yankees’ A-Rod admits to being nervous for spring debut

Pittsburgh Tribune (From Wire Reports) — New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will take a big step in his comeback from his PED suspension, when he faces live pitching for the ...
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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Great start: Pedro Alvarez gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out homer over the left field wall. “It’s a ...
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Blue Jays’ Martin has ‘nothing but praise’ for former Pirates teammates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — DUNEDIN, Fla. — Nostalgia kept tugging at Russell Martin as he went through the free agent process last winter. In the end, though, common sense ...
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Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a...
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Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he...
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Surgeon to examine Pirates’ Cumpton after experiencing elbow discomfort

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — DUNEDIN, Fla. — Due to lingering discomfort in his elbow, Pirates right-hander Brandon Cumpton will be examined Monday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Cumpton’s ...
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Pirates special instructor Tekulve taking second chance to heart

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Kent Tekulve wasn’t supposed to be in spring training camp with the Pirates this year. He wasn’t supposed to be anywhere. Tekulve, ...
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Ex-Pirate Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds’ depleted rotation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation.
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MLB notebook: Pace of play rules to take effect

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — • The new pace of play rules will be introduced on the field in five exhibition games in Arizona and Florida Tuesday. Hitters will be ...
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Kang sees first game action in Pirates scrimmage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette BRADENTON, Fla. — Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage did not reveal much about Jung Ho Kang’s capabilities, but it at least started the data set.
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Pirates notebook: Hart ‘down a few days’ after cutting foot

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Hart was not available to play in the Pirates intrasquad game Monday due to a cut on his foot. Hart was ...
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Rossi: Fitting in will be Kang’s biggest hurdle

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — BRADENTON, Fla. Into the clubhouse walked the player every Pirate is watching, and Jung Ho Kang came bearing gifts in the form of packets of ...
  • 3 days ago

MLB notebook: Rockies select contract of former Pirates reliever Axford

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — • The Rockies selected John Axford’s contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen. Axford, who agreed to a minor-league deal last ...
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Pirates pitcher Worley is in right place, right time with team

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Vance Worley reported to Pirates spring training camp with a new baby, a bigger contract and a happier outlook on the season ...
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Blog Articles

Pedro looks the other way (again). Is that a good thing? … And what to take from one swing in March

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUHT HILLS – I arrive in Bradenton, Fla. next week but I watched yesterday’s Grapefruit League opener inside the snow globe that is my South Hills home. It’s just one spring...
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March bubble watch: Locke or Worley?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Assuming Charlie Morton is ready to go, and the top three elbows and shoulders in the starting rotation are healthy, the most meaningful spring competition is for the fifth...
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Monday Mop-Up: The Kang threat … And what else can nine figures buy?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Jung-Ho Kang will start at shortstop and bat third at noon today in a 5 1⁄2-inning intra-squad scrimmage at McKechnie Field. It will be the first time observers get a look at...
  • 2 days ago

The McCutchen-Longoria parallel (and my MLB Network segment)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – Remember when Evan Longoria signed a nine-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays before he took a major league at bat? It was the most club-friendly and undervalued...
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Less splash is more: What the Pirates can learn from the Golden State Warriors … And true value

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Any savvy club, particularly a small-market one, is forever in search of the any competitive advantage no matter how large or slim. And the latest idea the Pirates are...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: What to expect of post-hype Polanco?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Recall the hype surrounding Gregory Polanco‘s call-up last season? It was greater than that of even of Gerrit Cole of a year earlier. Polanco was billed as the...
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Thinking outside the box comes to an end (And it’s about time)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Big news today that I’d like to think the Trib played a small role in bringing about: Major League Baseball has announced new pace of play rules for 2015 (you can read...
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The communication gap

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Pitchers and catchers report today in Bradenton, Fla. and the full squad is due in on Feb. 24th, though a number of players have already arrived in camp. Each year, when the...
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Kang among early arrivals for spring training

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang reported to Pirate City last Wednesday, a full week before pitchers/catchers and two weeks before position players are required to be in camp....
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The next generation problem and what to do about it

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – In his first weeks on the job, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has outlined a number of problem areas he would like to attack. But the most important one, I believe, is...
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The case against shrinking the strike zone

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There’s a number of reasons for baseball’s decline in offense, as run scoring contracted for an eighth consecutive year last season to 4.07 runs per team per game....
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Mechanical engineering: Hall of Famers from the vault, and one analyst projects stardom for Kang

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Jonah Keri has supplied us with a mid-winter treat as he went behind the scenes at MLB Productions recently and came away with some never-seen-before footage as you can...
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Can the Pirates’ pen be elite again?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The one area where the Pirates could regress to the mean in a significant, positive, low-cost way in 2015 (progression to the mean?) is simply through a better...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: where the Pirates and Padres differ, windows, and spring training battles

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – If you eliminate climate, street tacos, and time zone, there’s actually quite a number of similarities between the Pirates and Padres. Pittsburgh ranks 22nd in television...
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At what price is Shields right for the Pirates? And ZiPs forecasts the 2015 Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The last really good free agent pitcher still available is of course James Shields. Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com reports he’s expected to sign by the end of the week....
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