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March 20, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Pirates return from a day off

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Pirates are back at it after having the day off Thursday. It was just their second off-day of the spring and they’ll get one more on March 26. The Pirates are at City of Palms …

March 18, 2009
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Good game, busy clubhouse

BRADENTON, Fla. — Today’s game between the Pirates and the Minnesota Twins actually came down to the ninth inning. That’s a rarity for a spring training game. Pirates second baseman Anderson Machado knocked in the winning run in the bottom …

March 18, 2009
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The pitching competition goes on … without Gorzo

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny was in the mix for the final two spots of the starting pitching rotation. Or so he thought. Gorzelanny’s tryout is over — for now anyway — as he was optioned to …

March 17, 2009
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Pirates fall to Yankees, get Hinske back Wednesday

TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees used a six-run third inning and a dominant performance by starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia to hand the Pirates a 9-2 loss Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Sabathia pitched four innings allowing one run, one …

March 17, 2009
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Nady, Pirates Meet Tonight

TAMPA, Fla. — This is Tricia Lafferty here. As Rob mentioned last night, I will be filling in at Pirates’ spring training for the next week. Tonight, we’re at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for a 7:15 game against …

March 16, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Hinske due back Wednesday

BRADENTON, Fla. — Eric Hinske (ribcage bruise) played in a minor league game today and will do so again Tuesday. Hinske is penciled in as the designated hitter Wednesday for the Pirates’ game against the Twins. • This could be …

March 16, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Moss swings, will try BP Tuesday

BRADENTON, Fla. — Brandon Moss wore a wide smile tonight as he reported on the progress of his injury rehab. “Thumbs up!” Moss said. Moss took some hacks in the batting cage today for the first time since spraining and …

March 16, 2009
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Alvarez among 8 players sent to minors

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates this afternoon made eight cuts, including third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez and pitcher Ron Uviedo were optioned to Class A Lynchburg. Right-hander Jimmy Barthmaier was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pitcher Jeff Sues and catcher Steve …

March 16, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Alvarez sent to the minors

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez was the first casualty this afternoon when the Pirates began a big round of roster cuts. Alvarez, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick last year, was called into manager John Russell’s office around 1 p.m. and …

March 15, 2009
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Alvarez goes way, way deep

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez did his first home-run trot in a Pirates uniform this afternoon. Alvarez launched a three-run shot off the Rays’ Joe Nelson. The ball smacked off the batter’s eye screen behind center field. I wonder …

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