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March 15, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Cuts coming: Monroe or Pearce?

PORT CHARLOTTE — Craig Monroe’s six homers and nine RBI are impressive, and his defense in the outfield also has been solid. Yet, GM Neal Huntington today said Steve Pearce remains in the mix for the job of backup outfielder …

March 15, 2009
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The reaper sharpens his scythe

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Today’s lineup has the look of being “one last go-round” for a few players. Early this morning, about an hour before the team bus pulled out for the Port Charlotte Stadium, there was an all-hands meeting …

March 14, 2009
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Yer outta here!

BRADENTON, Fla. — At least manager John Russell didn’t have to run laps in the outfield after making an early exit from today’s game against the Yankees. Russell and second baseman Freddy Sanchez were ejected in the fifth inning by …

March 14, 2009
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McCutchen scratched — no cause for alarm

BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen was scratched from today’s lineup against the Yankees. Nate McLouth will start in center field and bat third. “No alarm, no injury,” said Pirates spokesman Matt Norby. “Just a change.” The original lineup was erroneously …

March 14, 2009
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Yankees bring split squad

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Yankees will bring a split squad to McKenchnie Field this afternoon to face the Pirates. Xavier Nady does not appear to be making the trip. The starting lineups: Yankees : 1. Melky Cabrera cf, 2. Nick …

March 13, 2009
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A debut, of sorts, for Powell

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jeremy Powell, who spent the past eight years pitching in Japan, got the save today in the Pirates’ 6-5 victory against the hated Phillies. It was his first appearance this spring, but he’s seen plenty of action …

March 13, 2009
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How’s the weather?

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Weather Channel is coming to the Pirates’ spring training camp. Really. TWC will broadcast Monday night from McKechnie Field during the Rays-Pirates game. Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams will do live remotes from 7 to 10 p.m. during …

March 12, 2009
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Served cold, a tasty dish for Monroe

BRADENTON, Fla. — Craig Monroe did not call it revenge. He didn’t call it anything, in fact. When asked if it felt a little extra good today to hit three homers against the Twins — the team which unceremoniously dumped …

March 12, 2009
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Ford has bruised wrist

BRADENTON, Fla. — Second baseman Shelby Ford left the field this morning during workouts escorted by a trainer. That’s never good news. When I walked up to Ford in the clubhouse a few minutes ago, he had an ice pack …

March 12, 2009
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Hinske makes progress, Dumatrait has setback

BRADENTON, Fla. — Eric Hinske’s smile was the giveaway. “No pain, getting better,” Hinske told me a few minutes ago after finishing a round of indoor batting practice. “Fifty swings, no pain.” Hinske has not played in two weeks after …

 
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