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May 26, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Good news for Capps

CHICAGO — X-rays taken early this morning on Matt Capps’ right elbow were negative, and the Pirates’ closer will be re-evaluated before tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs. In the ninth inning Monday, Capps was struck on the elbow by …

May 26, 2009
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Freddy’s big night; Capps goes for X-rays

CHICAGO — Frustrated by a run of strikeouts and pop-ups, Freddy Sanchez shortened his swing two days ago. The tweak paid off tonight, as he became the first Pirate in 19 years to get six hits in a game. Sanchez’s …

May 25, 2009
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Cubs scratch Lee

CHICAGO — Derrek Lee is ill and was scratched from the Cubs’ lineup tonight. Here’s the new-look batting order: PIRATES — 1.Nyjer Morgan lf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Nate McLouth cf, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Brandon Moss lf, …

May 25, 2009
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Bucs await word on Hansen

CHICAGO — Craig Hansen underwent tests on his neck, shoulder and upper back today in Pittsburgh, but the results were not immediately available. “It could be tomorrow,” general manager Neal Huntington said via e-mail. Hansen went on the disabled list …

May 24, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Lineup changes

CHICAGO — Nobody’s hitting, it’s Sunday and the Pirates have lost three in a row and have been shut out for 20 straight innings. Why not shake up the lineup? Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche both get the day off. …

May 23, 2009
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Pirates re-up with Altoona

CHICAGO — The Pirates today extended their agreement with Double-A Altoona by four years, through the 2014 season. The Curve have been a Pirates affiliate since the club’s formation in 1999. Of the 25 players on the active roster, 11 …

May 22, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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LaRoche OK; Hansen shut down

CHICAGO — Andy LaRoche is fine; today is just a breather. Manager John Russell planned on giving Ramon Vazquez a game at third base during this series and, with lefties pitching Saturday and Sunday, tonight was the best time to …

May 22, 2009
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Andy LaRoche not in lineup; Hinske at DH

CHICAGO — Andy LaRoche is not in the lineup today against the White Sox. In the ninth inning last night against the Nationals, Ramon Vazquez pinch-hit for LaRoche (who was 1 for 3 with an RBI). So far, there is …

May 21, 2009
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Wilson staying put … for now

WASHINGTON — Talk about the possibility of Jack Wilson being traded to the Mariners has died down. I never sensed great enthusiasm for the deal — a straight-up swap of Wilson for Yuniesky Betancourt — among the Pirates’ end. Geoff …

May 20, 2009
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No night off for Capps, Grabow

WASHINGTON — So much for getting a night off. Matt Capps and John Grabow both pitched Wednesday night against the Nats, as manager John Russell’s hand was forced by a tight game in the late innings. Grabow faced two batters …

 
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