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Pirates experiment with outfield prospect Josh Bell at first base

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — What the Pirates are trying to do with Josh Bell stems from equal parts necessity, opportunity and hope. They are trying to create a spot for a valuable asset due to stability...
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At last, a team of his own

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels described the broad search and extensive background work as the franchise looked for a new manager. Friday, the man they chose, Jeff Banister, provided a...
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Ishikawa’s walk-off homer sends Giants to World Series

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series ...
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Pirates to raise season ticket prices

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Pirates will raise season ticket prices for the fourth consecutive year in an effort to keep pace with the prices of their division rivals, rising demand on the secondary...
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Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister named Rangers manager

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Although he worked 29 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach, it wasn’t until recently that Jeff Banister and his wife finally ...
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Texas hires longtime Pirates coach Jeff Banister as manager

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PHOENIX -- The Rangers have chosen Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, according to multiple reports.
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Pirates will implement 9 percent price increase for 2015 tickets

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The home opener always is the hottest ticket of the season for the Pirates. Next year, it also will be the most expensive. The Pirates ...
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Glasnow works on curveball in Arizona Fall League

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before Tyler Glasnow's recent start for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, manager Frank Kremblas gave the catcher an instruction.
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NFL notebook: Dolphins RB Moreno out for season

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Knowshon Moreno is sidelined again, this time for the rest of the season, which has left the Dolphins digging deep into their depth chart at ...
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Giants take Game 3 on 10th-inning throwing error

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — SAN FRANCISCO — A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of ...
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Pirates’ Banister named finalist for Rangers’ managing job

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister is a finalist for the Texas Rangers’ vacant managing job, the Rangers announced Tuesday. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said ...
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Pirates bench coach Banister finalist for Texas job

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette MESA, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers on Tuesday named Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister one of three finalists for their vacant managerial position.
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MLB notebook: Yankees re-sign GM Cashman to 3-year contract

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • The Yankees re-signed Brian Cashman to a three-year contract following one of their most disappointing seasons since he became general manager. Cashman has been ...
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Pirates organization will continue pursuing value

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Two offseasons ago, an embattled Pirates front office had a remarkably successful offseason in identifying and signing two of best free-agent values in Russell Martin ...
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Pirates face mound of decisions in offseason

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — By the end of the 2014 season, the Pirates had six starting pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Four are under contract for next ...
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Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 10.8.14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Poll Question: Who combination do you see in the World Series? Answer #1: Giants-Royals (27%)Answer #2: Cardinals-Royals (27%) Answer #3: Orioles-Giants (36%) Answer #4: Orioles-Cardinals (9%)
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Pirates are solid at shortstop with the durable Mercer in play

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — At the end of May, it seemed Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was on track for a trip back to the minor leagues. In his first ...
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MLB notebook: Drug scandal figure Bosch has bail revoked after cocaine use

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The former owner of the clinic at the center of Major League Baseball’s recent performance-enhancing drug scandal had his bail revoked Monday because of recent ...
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Huntington believes coaching staff will return intact

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a lot of decisions to make during the offseason, but one thing he won’t have to do — unless ...
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Pirates manager Hurdle recovering from hip replacement surgery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Manager Clint Hurdle’s right hip replacement surgery this morning went well and he is expected to recover fully, the Pirates announced via Twitter.
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Another Wild (Card) World Series

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – We knew before and are reminded again this October that entry to baseball’s postseason as a wild card team is not a death sentence. Ideal? No, but it’s not an...
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A new kind of bench coach? And a 9 percent hike

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – You have to be happy for Jeff Banister. After spending 29 years with the Pirates, after working his way up from a 25th round draft pick who recorded only one major league at...
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The Brain Drain … And how to fix the wild-card round

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Tuesday was a fascinating day in baseball and I’m not speaking of another wild ending to an NLCS game or the Royals now being one win from the World Series. Rather, how...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Is Stewart an adequate plan B?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS  - I think we all understand Russell Martin is going to be a tough sign unless he gives a discount in years or dollars for the Pirates. And discounts are usually pipedreams in free...
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“Because those are our seventh-inning guys” … and ticking clocks

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – What was perhaps more amazing than Clayton Kershaw unraveling twice in a week yesterday was that hours apart, in two one-run, elimination-game losses is neither losing manager...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Lessons from 2014

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  A baseball season is a funny thing. It’s something you live with on a daily basis for six months (seven-plus consecutive months if you’re a player, coach,...
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The sound of silence … and what broke that silence

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As I wrote in my sidebar for today’s print edition, what struck me was the silence. After Brandon Crawford‘s grand slam last night, Blackout II went silent and...
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Who ya got Wednesday? It’s a tale of two advantages

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK –  Here’s something that might comfort you: Edinson Volquez is probably a lot more relaxed than you are if you’re a Pirates fan. Volquez has had a loose, energetic,...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: True North

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – Clint Hurdle was right. There was no easy choice in making his pitching plan Sunday. But there were those that thought he should have played the probabilities and saved his best...
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A tactical retreat

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCY –  There is a military strategy known as a tactical retreat. Not every retreat is a poor decision, a sign of weakness. Sometimes it is prudent and smart, a way to build strength....
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What are Ray Searge and Jim Benedict worth? Plus some weekend plans

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ATLANTA – The Pirates players interestingly chose to have Giants-Redskins and Oklahoma St.-Texas Tech on the clubhouse televisions postgame even as they whittled their wild card home-field...
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Final answers revealed in Joe-Ja

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ATLANTA – The Pirates entered Atlanta with only three areas of their roster carrying uncertainty as far as playing time and roster construction in October is concerned. Those areas? Right...
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Same place, another soaked carpet, different mood

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ATLANTA – As the clubhouse opened after last night’s win, the Pirates celebrated wildly as all postseason clinching teams do, exhausting 20 cases of champagne (six bottles in each case...
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