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September 28, 2008
by rob biertempfel


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Final day

SAN DIEGO — Last game of the season … not on TV back home … players sitting around the clubhouse, exchanging cell phone numbers and checking their fantasy football lineups … and although no one’s saying it, everyone’s wondering who’ll …

September 27, 2008
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Watching waistlines

SAN DIEGO — The Pirates plan on keeping a closer eye on their players’ waistlines this winter. Management will clamp down on offseason conditioning programs so the players arrive at spring training in better shape. Huntington said that will mean …

September 26, 2008
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God bless us, everyone

SAN DIEGO — If you’re still reading this … well, God bless you. Three games left in another lost season, and it ends with a titanic clash of the Pirates and Padres. No TV back in Pittsburgh, so maybe many …

September 26, 2008
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Moss will have surgery next Friday

MILWAUKEE — After getting a second opinion Thursday afternoon from Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., outfielder Brandon Moss opted to undergo microfracture surgery. Steadman will perform the procedure next Friday. The extent of the damage to Moss’ knee — …

September 25, 2008
by rob biertempfel


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Hello, stranger

MILWAUKEE — Hello … Ronny Paulino? The former first-string catcher tonight will make his first start for the Pirates since May 31. Paulino was used the next day as a pinch-hitter, then was sent down to Triple-A, where he spent …

September 24, 2008
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Alvarez’s next stop: Bradenton

MILWAUKEE — More than a month after saying “I do,” Pedro Alvarez finally went to the altar with the Pirates. Alvarez, the team’s first-round draft pick, on Wednesday signed a four-year, major league contract with a guaranteed $6.355 million payout. …

September 24, 2008
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Alvarez deal nearly done

MILWAUKEE — About 20 minutes ago, Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced an agreement that resolved the dispute regarding the status of Pirates first-round draft pick Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez, who was the second overall choice in the June …

September 23, 2008
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Moss done for year — maybe much longer

MILWAUKEE — Outfielder Brandon Moss will miss the rest of the season — and perhaps as much as the next eight months — with a knee problem. Monday, Moss had an MRI in Pittsburgh. Dr. Patrick DeMeo, the team doctor, …

September 21, 2008
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Negrych buys into the plan

Jim Negrych was a home run-hitter during his career at Pitt. In the pros, however, he is a doubles hitter. Coming to grips with that — and embracing it — allowed him to blossom this year in the Pirates’ minor …

September 20, 2008
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One for the other thumb?

Lefty Paul Maholm (9-9) is on track to make a career-high 31 starts, but still has one fewer victory than he finished with last season. His final start of the year come be Wednesday in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Maholm …

 
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