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February 28, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Monroe lowers leg, boosts power

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Craig Monroe’s homer this afternoon smacked about a third of the way up the huge batter’s eye in center field. A monster shot. “It felt good,” Monroe said, with a satisfied smile. “I’m getting there. I’m still …

February 28, 2009
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Bixler busy in Bucs’ victory

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Shortstop Brian Bixler had his hands full today in the Pirates’ 6-5 victory against the Astros. Bixler had five assists in six innings, and had a hand in six of the first nine putouts of the game. …

February 27, 2009
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Hinske may be out up to a week

BRADENTON, Fla. — Eric Hinske doesn’t expect to miss more than a week with a bruise on his left ribcage. Hinske sustained the injury Wednesday when he crashed into the outfield wall. He played yesterday, but when he took batting …

February 27, 2009
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Alvarez starts at DH today

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ top draft pick last year, will make his first start of spring training today against the Braves. Alvarez will replace designated hitter Eric Hinske, who was a late scratch with a bruised left …

February 26, 2009
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Alvarez makes contact

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez’s first hit in Pirates spring training camp was a biggie — an RBI double in the ninth inning today against Boston. Alvarez wound up scoring the winning run in the Pirates’ 3-2 decision. Yesterday …

February 25, 2009
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Capps a little rusty

BRADENTON, Fla. — It was a somewhat un-Capps-like performance this afternoon by the Pirates’ closer. Matt Capps pitched the second inning of the 8-2 victory against the Phillies. The game was scoreless when Capps entered; Chris Bootcheck tossed a 1-2-3 …

February 25, 2009
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Ford, Veal step up

BRADENTON, Fla. — Shelby Ford and Donnie Veal, two players not expected to play prominent roles with the Pirates this season, stepped up Wednesday in the 8-2 rout of the Phillies. Ford smacked a three-run, pinch-hit homer. A third-round draft …

February 25, 2009
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Catchers’ battle begins

BRADENTON, Fla. — Catcher Ryan Doumit will not make the trip Thursday to Fort Myers for the game against the Boston Red Sox. That means the battle between Robinzon Diaz and Jason Jaramillo for the backup job is about to …

February 25, 2009
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Game 1 lineup

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates’ lineup for this afternoon’s Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies: 1. Nyjer Morgan lf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Nate McLouth cf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Craig Monroe dh, 7. …

February 24, 2009
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Eight named to WBC teams

BRADENTON, Fla. — Eight Pirates players — only two from the major-league roster — were chosen for the World Baseball Classic final rosters. Infielder Ramon Vazquez and right-hander Ian Snell will play for Puerto Rico. Others selected were Dave Davidson …

 
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