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Pirates notebook: Contenders holding on to hand

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DENVER -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle likened this week leading up to the Thursday trade deadline to a large, high-stakes poker game.
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Pirates avert sweep with 7-5 victory over Rockies

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER — Josh Harrison was the star of the Pirates’ 7-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He slammed the game-winning homer off Rex Brothers ...
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Pirates rally to beat Rockies, avoid sweep

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DENVER – Josh Harrison was electric at the plate and on the base paths today, leading the Pirates to a 7-5 win against the Colorado Rockies and avoiding the sweep at Coors Field.
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Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Giants

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter  Travis Sawchik’s inside lo ok at Monday’s g ame: • After posting a 1.74 ERA in June, Vance Worley has been ...
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Pirates notebook: Hurdle, Huntington on same page

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington vowed last Sunday he would not trade too much of the Pirates’ promising future for two months of ...
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MLB notebook: Draft spending falls short of 2011 record

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained ...
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On the Pirates: How Brandon Moss found his bash by the bay

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The way Brandon Moss tells it, he needed two things: a mechanical adjustment and an opportunity. Changes to one's stance or swing can be endless, but stumbling upon one that makes a...
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Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Even without the unfortunate spectacle of an injured pierogi getting scooped and wheeled from the warning track on a cart, this week in Pirates baseball came bundled in oddities.
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Pirates drop 2nd straight game against Rockies

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER — In two games on the High Plains, the Pirates pitchers have made Coors Field look like Coors Field. The Pirates bats have made ...
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Rockies hit three solo homers off Locke, beat Pirates, 8-1

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DENVER – The Colorado Rockies slowly picked away at Pirates starter Jeff Locke on Saturday night, driving three solo home runs out of Coors Field on the way to a 8-1 win.
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Thinking outside box slows pace of MLB games

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — On May 11, the Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in the first ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” game in PNC Park history. The near-sellout crowd ...
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Biertempfel: Locke looks toward postseason run

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — During the Pirates’ pennant chase and run to the National League Division Series last season, Jeff Locke felt more like a tourist than a member ...
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Minor league report: Sadler keeps producing without the hype

Pittsburgh Tribune (Brian Peloza) — INDIANAPOLIS — Casey Sadler doesn’t have the background of a top pitching prospect, but he’s nonetheless swiftly moved through the Pirates organization since being drafted ...
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Pirates lacking Hall-worthy arms

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bob Cohn) — Former pitchers and Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and a third, John Smoltz, ...
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Stats Corner: Mercer rediscovers offensive game

Pittsburgh Tribune (David Golebiewski) — Jordy Mercer provided thump at a position typically filled by offensive lightweights in 2013, compiling a .772 on base plus slugging percentage that ranked seventh ...
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Pirates’ Morton continues to tinker with hybrid split-changeup

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER — The challenge for Charlie Morton has always been to develop a third pitch. Perhaps the thin air of Coors Field accelerated that search ...
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Sunday’s scouting report: Pirates at Rockies

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik’s inside look at Sunday’s game: • Edinson Volquez and Coors Field don’t mix well ... unless you’re the Rockies. ...
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Alvarez held out of starting lineup for 3rd straight game

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was not in the starting lineup for a third straight game Saturday and he has not started in the ...
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MLB notebook: Hall of Fame cuts period for eligibility

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years ...
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Morton, West Coast swing get off to rocky start

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DENVER -- The Pirates did not stick to the script Friday night.
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Blog Articles

Sitting on a surplus

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER – The trade deadline is just five days away and at this point, hearing about the degree to which this is a seller’s market, the Pirates seem to be far from getting anything...
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Selig touts leveling the playing field … but for all the wrong reasons

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - Bud Selig made a trip to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, as he makes something of a farewell tour through the game. For me, he leaves something of a mixed legacy. Yes, he oversaw tremendous...
  • 4 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A seller’s market, and if you build it in Pittsburgh …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Cliff Notes from Neal Huntington’s media briefing on Sunday: it’s a seller’s market and the Pirates aren’t willing to trade too much of the future for...
  • 6 days ago
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Second-half predictions

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Greetings, folks. I’m back after an All-Star Break respite and recharged for the second half.  To begin? Let’s make some second-half predictions. There were some...
  • 9 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A Pirate for Life?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – Andrew McCutchen is looking very much like a back-to-back MVP isn’t he? How he rose to the occasion not once, but twice, on Saturday night in Cincinnati was remarkable...
  • 13 days ago
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Babe Ruth’s 100th anniversary, a baseball LeBron?, and the banged up NL Central

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – You might have heard LeBron James made his Decision 2.0 today, and it’s a big deal because it’s difficult to comprehend just how dominant an athlete he is. He...
  • 16 days ago
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New commenting policy

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – This decision comes from above my pay grade, but as I understand it you will now be required to have a Facebook account to comment on any blog or story on our Web site. This...
  • 17 days ago
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Subjectivity is still king. See: Abreu, Jose

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  Bullpen usage would seem like a timely issue today with back-to-back, walk-off losses — and Ernesto Frieri being employed in a tie game in the ninth inning — but...
  • 18 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The Locke conundrum

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – No matter how well Jeff Locke pitches – and he’s pitching very well – there’s a chance he will simply not remain in the rotation. It’s simple math:...
  • 21 days ago
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A Brandon McCarthy-Vance Worley switcheroo? … But do the Pirates need to make a trade?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has the worst luck in baseball. That makes him one of the best trade targets in baseball, and the Pirates are reportedly...
  • 24 days ago
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A modest proposal: a plan for Harrison … And the evolving Charlie Morton

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Clint Hurdle‘s job is more difficult, in a good way, with his entire lineup healthy. After receiving at least three plate appearances in 16 straight games, and starting 15...
  • 25 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Halfway home

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Technically we’re a game beyond the halfway point, but with the first three months of the season down, and three months to go, the Pirates have weathered a trying first...
  • 27 days ago
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