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March 31, 2009
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Did Karstens save his worst for last?

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Either way, Jeff Karstens figures he’s gonna pitch Sunday at Pirate City. If Karstens is named the Pirates’ No. 5 starter — that decision likely will be announced tomorrow morning — he’ll pitch in a minor …

March 31, 2009
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Meek has bronchitis

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In addition to a nasty stomach bug, reliever Evan Meek is fighting bronchitis. There’s no indication yet when he’ll be able to get back on the mound and whether this will impact his chances of making …

March 30, 2009
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Jaramillo settles in at the plate

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jason Jaramillo whacked a run-scoring single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Pirates past the Reds, 3-2. Since being told Saturday he’d won the backup catcher job, Jaramillo has …

March 30, 2009
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GM: McCutchen, Bixler ‘close’ to majors

BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen is closer to the major leagues than general manager Neal Huntington expected. Yet, that did not prevent the Pirates from sending McCutchen and infielder Brian Bixler back to the minors this morning. “Both players arguably …

March 29, 2009
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Duke stumbles, but stays on track

TAMPA — After cruising through much of spring training, today Zach Duke finally struggled. Duke worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. He walked three and struck out one. “It was a battle, it seemed, every …

March 29, 2009
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McCutchen still a good bet for Triple-A

TAMPA — GM Neal Huntington today poured more cold water on speculation that outfielder Andrew McCutchen will be with the team on Opening Day. “Andrew came in with the motivation to try to open some eyes and make it very …

March 29, 2009
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Wilson wants to renegotiate contract

TAMPA — In a bid to remain in Pittsburgh, Jack Wilson has approached the Pirates about renegotiating the option year on his contract. Early this morning, Wilson confirmed that he asked his agent to open talks with the Pirates about …

March 28, 2009
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Snell to Howard: ‘Who’s your daddy?’

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ian Snell heard the sound of the ball meeting Ryan Howard’s bat, and immediately feared the worst. “I thought it was World War III or something,” Snell said. “It was a loud crack.” Howard’s home run sailed …

March 28, 2009
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Nutting pleased with ticket sales pace

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates owner Bob Nutting said ticket sales have not taken a serious hit because of the sluggish national economy. “Our season ticket renewal rate is slightly higher than it was last year,” Nutting said Saturday. “We’re very …

March 28, 2009
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Jaramillo makes the cut

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jason Jaramillo will be the backup catcher, as Robinzon Diaz this morning was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Steve Pearce also was optioned to Indy. Infielder Anderson Machado was reassigned to minor league camp. Jaramillo, 26, finally stuck …

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