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September 19, 2008
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Pirates open final homestand against Astros, starting lineup

The Pirates open their final homestand of the season tonight with a 7:05 start against the Houston Astros at PNC Park. Steve Pearce, who has hit safely in seven of his past eight starts and has a homer in three …

September 18, 2008
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Wilson’s last hurrah?

Jack Wilson realizes the roster upheaval that began when the new front office group took over a year ago will continue this offseason. And he’s heard the whispers that say he might be traded. With 10 games left in the …

September 17, 2008
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Pirates ready to supply the Power

The Pirates today announced they’ve signed a two-year agreement with the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League. Charleston replaces Hickory as the team’s low-A affiliate. Charleston was the Pirates’ Triple-A team from 1971-76. Jack Wilson (broken …

September 16, 2008
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Pirates try Dodgers again

Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens (2-5, 4.46 ERA), who has lost his past five decisions, will meet Derek Lowe (13-11. 3.48 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park in the second game of the three-game series with the first-place Los Angeles …

September 15, 2008
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Pirates try for fourth win in a row, starting lineups

The Pirates will try to extend their winning streak to four games, which would equal their second-longest of the season, when they play the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 tonight at PNC Park in the opener of a …

September 14, 2008
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Not much, but at least it’d be a streak

The Pirate today are trying for what would be their fourth series sweep of the season. The other three came against the Astros (July 21-23), Giants (May 6-8) and Reds (April 11-13). The Pirates have swept the Cardinals twice at …

September 13, 2008
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Snell to start in place of Karstens

With Jeff Karstens still recovering from a dental procedure to fix an abscessed tooth, Ian Snell (6-11, 5.54 ERA) will make the start tonight when the Pirates play the Cardinals at 7:05 at PNC Park. Freddy Sanchez is back in …

September 12, 2008
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Gorzelanny done for year, starting lineups

Manager John Russell announced this afternoon that left-hander Tom Gorzelanny (6-9, 6.66) won’t pitch again this year, bothered by a sprained middle finger on his left hand. Jimmy Barthmeier, who was heading to Pittsburgh anyway to spend three days getting …

September 11, 2008
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Pitching plans, travel plans

HOUSTON — Manager John Russell this afternoon said the Pirates may stick with a six-man starting rotation, even if Tom Gorzelanny is done for the season. Gorzelanny left last night’s game in the third inning after his left middle finger …

September 10, 2008
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Capps and Castillo

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros’ radio announcers were flummoxed for a moment Tuesday night when Pirates closer Matt Capps came in to pitch in the ninth inning of a 9-3 game. “Well, I guess they put him out there to …

 
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