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February 27, 2008
by rob biertempfel


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A spring training primer

BRADENTON, Fla. — Some of you may flee snowy Pittsburgh in the next few weeks to catch some spring training games here in Flordia. Bully for you! Some advice: • Never apply the sunscreen to your face immediately after shaving. …

February 23, 2008
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Waiting for Kim

BRADENTON, Fla — It’s no secret Byung-Hyun Kim is about to join the Pirates. That news broke three days ago, when terms were struck for an $850,000 major league contact. Kim is here in town and has passed his physical. …

February 22, 2008
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Pride, passion … patience?

BRADENTON, Fla — Over the past few days, I’ve tried in my stories from spring training to sort of take the temperature of the Pirates and give you a sense of what the mood is like as the team prepares …

February 17, 2008
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The pursuit of happiness

BRADENTON, Fla — In my feature story in today’s Trib, I touched on some of the reasons the Pirates did not make many offseason roster moves. The new front office team says it wants to give the players it inherited …

February 17, 2008
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Going batty

BRADENTON, Fla — Photographer Chris Horner is stationed with me here at the Trib’s Bradenton bureau (a six-room condo on 59th Avenue). He provides all the photos of workouts and games that you see in the paper and on the …

February 16, 2008
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The countdown is on

BRADENTON, Fla — Two days into spring training, and already I’m eager for the season to get under way. I don’t mind being able to slip into shorts every day and going to work under sunny skies. And there are …

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