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August 18, 2008
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Mientkiewicz out, Morgan called up

After today’s 5-2 victory against the Mets, the Pirates put utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz on the bereavement list and called up outfielder Nyjer Morgan from Triple-A Indianapolis. Mientkiewicz, who is attending to a family matter, might rejoin the team this weekend …

August 18, 2008
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Pondering the pitching

Discussions continue in manager John Russell’s office about when — not if — to bring up Tom Gorzelanny and Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A. Russell and pitching coach Jeff Andrews are offering their input to GM Neal Huntington. When those guys …

August 18, 2008
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Capps back Friday, Moss improves

The Pirates’ crew of walking wounded converged in the clubhouse at PNC Park this morning. Closer Matt Capps (shoulder bursitis) checked in, on his way to Double-A Altoona to continue his rehab assignment. Capps will pitch Wednesday and throw a …

August 17, 2008
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Moss out with sprained ankle

Left fielder Brandon Moss left this afternoon’s game against the New York Mets in the bottom of the seventh inning with a badly sprained left ankle. Moss caught his cleat as he tried to run out of the batter’s box …

August 17, 2008
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Scheppers’ agent (finally) responds

According to GM Neal Huntington, the Pirates would have signed second-round pick Tanner Scheppers if the money would have been right. Scheppers, a right-handed pitcher, sustained a shoulder injury last spring while pitching for Fresno State. Surgery was not necessary, …

August 16, 2008
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Boras blinks

Scott Boras blinked. Yes, the Pirates had to go way above slot to sign first-round draft pick Pedro Alvarez. But they got the slugger for a $6 million bonus, but they got the deal done for the same money given …

August 15, 2008
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20th-round pick signs

With less than eight hours to go before the deadline to sign draft picks, the Pirates this afternoon came to terms with right-hander Robert Miller, their 20th-round pick. Miller, 18, got a $900,000 signing bonus — nearly as much as …

August 14, 2008
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Pirates to announce draft signing

The Pirates will announce later this afternoon the signing of their sixth-round pick from 2008, outfielder Robbie Grossman of Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas. Grossman, a prep All-American, is considered a high-end prospect who had a full scholarship to …

August 14, 2008
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LaRoche brothers teammates, at last

The LaRoche brothers will play as teammates for the first time tonight when the Pirates play host to the Reds (53-68) at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park. First baseman Adam LaRoche, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, …

August 13, 2008
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Sanchez back in lineup

Freddy Sanchez returns to the lineup tonight after missing the past two games with discomfort in his right shoulder. The second baseman will bat leadoff as the Pirates meet former teammate Josh Fogg (2-4, 7.98 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. at …

 
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