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May 29, 2008
by rob biertempfel


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Pride, passion … and pitching

CINCINNATI — When the Pirates hired Jeff Andrews as pitching coach, I said it might be the most important offseason move the team made — bigger than bringing in John Russell, more crucial than any free-agent signing they made or …

May 20, 2008
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Good seats are still available

My furnace kicked on at 7 o’clock this morning as the kids were getting ready for school. Cripes, I thought, I hate still having to throw money at Dominion Peoples to pay a heating bill in mid-May. It was a …

May 17, 2008
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A fine VORP … whatever that is

CHICAGO — At Penn State, I majored in journalism with a minor in political science. I took enough math courses to ensure I’d get my degree, but certainly no more than were necessary. And I have never read one of …

May 14, 2008
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Another injury

ST. LOUIS — While covering last night’s Pirates-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, I also was sneaking peeks at the Penguins-Flyers playoff game on my laptop — no need for Versus; I managed to tap into an Internet video stream of …

May 10, 2008
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Nady keeps hustling

Xavier Nady’s sore groin is not stopping him from going all-out when the Pirates need a big play. Friday night, Nady turned in two top-notch defensive efforts in right field and hustled for an extra-base hit to help the Pirates …

May 9, 2008
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Michaels in the mix

Is the arrival of Jason Michaels, who was acquired Thursday in a trade for next to nothing, a signal of Jason Bay’s departure? Probably … but not right away. It’s no secret the Pirates were shopping Bay over the winter …

May 8, 2008
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Duke, Dumatrait carry the load

Probably the biggest letdown of the Pirates’ season so far is the starting rotation. Over the past week or so, the two most reliable members of the rotation have been a guy who until Tuesday hadn’t won a game in …

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