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March 27, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Ohlendorf is in; the rest is up for grabs

BRADENTON, Fla. — It is unofficially official: Ross Ohlendorf has sewn up the No. 4 spot in the rotation. “He’s put himself in a real good position, put it that way,” manager John Russell said tonight. “Each outing, he’s gotten …

March 27, 2009
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Bob Nutting in the house

BRADENTON, Fla. — Owner Bob Nutting met today with farm director Kyle Stark and other scouting staff. A few minutes ago, Nutting stopped by the press box at McKechnie Field before the night game against Toronto. Tomorrow morning, Nutting will …

March 27, 2009
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More questions than answers, for now

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jose Tabata’s “meet the press” session today raised many more questions than it answered. How did his wife fake a pregnancy? When did the fake birth “happen,” and why wasn’t he there? How could he not be …

March 27, 2009
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Tabata to addresss media today

BRADENTON, Fla. — Outfielder Jose Tabata will speak with reporters this morning after workouts conclude at the minor league camp at Pirate City. The Pirates have kept Tabata away from the media the past few days, in the wake of …

March 25, 2009
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Karstens stays in the hunt

PORT CHARLOTTE — Locked in a battle for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, Jeff Karstens is trying to take it in stride. “If it comes down to Virgil (Vasquez) getting the spot, that means I didn’t deserve …

March 25, 2009
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Asthma forces Wilson out of game

PORT CHARLOTTE — Jack Wilson’s asthma flared up and he was forced to heave tonight’s game against the Rays after one inning. Wilson left the field with head athletic trainer Brad Henderson. Wilson took one at-bat and popped out. He …

March 23, 2009
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Getting a late start

BRADENTON, Fla. — The game time for today’s game between the Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field has been pushed back due to rain. The first pitch is expected to be thrown at 1:15 p.m. instead of …

March 22, 2009
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A rare spring no-hitter

BRADENTON, Fla. — Today’s matchup between the Pirates and the Reds was a rarity for a spring training game. Reds pitcher Aaron Harang had a no-hitter through six innings before he called it a day. The Pirates mustered just two …

March 22, 2009
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Pirates ready for Reds . . . again

It’s a tad chilly here today at McKechnie Field or maybe I should say breezy. It’s 63 degrees and sunny but a bit windy. Considering it’s 39 degrees in Pittsburgh, I won’t complain. The Pirates are on the field practicing …

March 21, 2009
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Opening-day starter named, sorta

SARASOTA, Fla. — There doesn’t seem to be much news that comes out of spring training games, but manager John Russell offered some notable insight today. After the game, he practically named Paul Maholm the opening-day starter. “I think everybody …

 
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