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April 17, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Post-game tidbits

Here are some tibdits from the Pirates’ post-game interviews following the 3-0 victory over the Braves: • The season is only two weeks old, but the Pirates’ team-ERA is now 2.90, the best in the major leagues as of 11 …

April 17, 2009
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Pirates, Maholm win

Paul Maholm pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates held off the Braves, 3-0, on Friday night at PNC Park. Maholm (2-0) struck out two and walked three, lowering his ERA to 0.87. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth for …

April 17, 2009
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Vazquez to start for Wilson

Shortstop Jack Wilson is a late scratch for tonight’s game with the Atlanta Braves. Ramon Vazquez will start and bat eighth. Wilson also was a late scratch on Wednesday with a bruised left middle finger. by John Grupp

April 17, 2009
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Delwyn Young arrives; Pirates make minor league trade

• The Pirates have traded Triple-A infielder Andy Phillips, 32, to the Chicago White Sox for right-handed pitching prospect Michael Dubee. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Dubee, 23, the son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, will report to Class A Lynchburg. …

April 16, 2009
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Karstens finds positives

The results — four innings, three runs allowed and a no-decision — were not what Jeff Karstens hoped for today. But the righty did find some positives to take away from his performance in the Pirates’ 6-3 loss to the …

April 16, 2009
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Doumit gets a day off

Ryan Doumit gets his first day off this afternoon. His absence dramatically changes the complexion of the Pirates’ lineup. “Somebody should step up and carry the load,” manager John Russell said. “It’s the same when we give Adam (LaRoche) or …

April 15, 2009
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Wilson out with bruised finger

Jack Wilson has been scratched from tonight’s lineup due to a bruised left middle finger. He may have injured the finger during pre-game batting practice, which was held in the indoor cages. Wilson is expected to be back in the …

April 15, 2009
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Young coming. Cruz going?

The addition of switch-hitting outfielder Delwyn Young means the Pirates will have to make two sorts of roster moves. The first was revealed this afternoon, as pitcher Dave Davidson was dropped from the 40-man roster. Because Young is out of …

April 14, 2009
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Confidence, sinker boost Duke

Paul Maholm sees some subtle but important changes this year in fellow lefty Zach Duke. “Just the confidence, the making-the-pitches,” Maholm said. “If he’s missing, he’s missing off the plate. He’s not leaving pitches over the middle. He’s mixing speeds. …

April 13, 2009
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Big crowd finally sees a big win

Too often, the Pirates have turned in some real clunkers when the stands at PNC Park were full. Today’s home opener, a 7-0 spanking of the Astros in front of a sellout crowd of 38,411, was a refreshing change. The …

 
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