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Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 4.23.14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Poll Question: Decisions, decisions: When the Penguins and Pirates are on at the same time, but different networks, which do you choose to watch?
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pirates gameday: X-factors

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel’s inside look at Wednesday’s game: • Alfredo Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his first ...
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Pirates notebook: Newly acquired Ike Davis savors opportunity to play regularly

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Ike Davis is looking forward to playing more regularly with the Pirates, something he did not get to do with the New York Mets before being traded last week.
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Cueto shuts down Pirates as Reds cruise to victory

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — This time, Johnny Cueto didn’t drop the ball. For the second time in a week, the Pirates were unable to muster much offense against Cueto. ...
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Pirates lose 4-1 to Reds

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Not a soul in Pittsburgh could have predicted Edinson Volquez would be the pitcher to go toe-to-toe with Johnny Cueto in an April meeting at PNC Park against division rival Cincinnati.
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Snider, Martin suspended for Sunday Pirates-Brewers brawl

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and catcher Russell Martin were suspended Tuesday by MLB for their roles in an on-field brawl during Sunday’s game against the ...
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Brewers' Maldonado suspended for 5 games

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing incident...
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Jenn Menendez's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.22.14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jenn Menendez: Alright, thanks for joining me. Let's get started.
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Walker’s 9th-inning single lifts Pirates past Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Neil Walker’s walkoff single in the ninth inning Monday lifted the Pirates to a 6-5 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. With one out, Russell Martin ...
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Pirates beat Reds, 6-5, in first meeting since wild-card game

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Neil Walker singled to right field to score Russell Martin in the ninth inning to give the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, as the two teams reunited at PNC Park for the...
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Martin to Maldanaod: Settle melee in offseason

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Major League Baseball began a review of a bench-clearing brawl Sunday between the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, but no suspensions had been levied as of game time Monday night.
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Pirates notebook: Wandy Rodriguez goes on the DL

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates placed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation.
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MLB notebook: Brewers plan to unveil Uecker statue

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • The Brewers plan a private unveiling of a last-row statue paying tribute to broadcaster Bob Uecker. Milwaukee said Monday the bronze statue will be ...
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Preview of Tuesday’s Reds-Pirates game

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • 1B Joey Votto and 2B Brandon Phillips have started 800 games together, which Elias says is the most on the right side of the ...
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Bucs place Wandy Rodriguez on DL, recall Jared Hughes

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates put left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list today because of inflammation in his right knee.
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Pirates place Rodriguez on DL, promote Hughes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates placed struggling starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation on Monday, recalling relief pitcher Jared Hughes from ...
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Pirates notebook: Rotation struggles early on in 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Though the Pirates' production from their starting rotation has taken a dip from last season, the organization believes the staff will improve, general manager Neal Huntington and manager...
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MLB notebook: Dodgers ace Kershaw pitches simulated game

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Clayton Kershaw was back on the Dodger Stadium mound Sunday — in a simulated game that was the next step in his recovery from ...
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Cole’s strong outing wasted in 14-inning loss

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — If the rivalry had waned, it was reignited Sunday. A tossed bat led to tossed players as a third-inning brawl between the Brewers and Pirates ...
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Scouting Pirates-Reds matchup

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — X-factors Pirates reporter Travis Sawchik’s inside look a t Monday ’s game: • Francisco Liriano dominated the lefty-heavy Reds last season but lost in his ...
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Blog Articles

Is Neil Walker becoming a star?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – We know Neil Walker is a consistent, useful player. Walker tallied 2.6 Wins Above Replacement in 2011. He produced 2.6 WAR in 2012. He totaled a 2.7 WAR in 2013. If you examine...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Easter brawlin’ and trouble brewin’

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The Brewers and Pirates are not going to be friends in 2014. Not only have the Brewers raised the profile of the rivalry and added to the Pirates’ frustration level by...
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Transaction analysis: Pirates like Ike. Should you?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The man hunt is over. The Pirates finally found their left-handed hitting 1B on Friday, a search that had been ongoing since the team parted ways with Garret Jones and did not...
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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...
  • 19 days ago
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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...
  • 21 days ago
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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...
  • 27 days ago
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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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