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June 16, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Dome, sweet dome

MINNEAPOLIS — The Pirates are at the Metrodome for the first time since 2001 and for the last time — the Twins will move into a new, dome-less ballpark next season. The last time the Pirates played on artificial turf …

June 14, 2009
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The Cup stops here

Pirates staffers worked late in the night yesterday to set up this afternoon’s visit by 15 Penguins players and head coach Dan Bylsma to PNC Park. The Pens brought along a gleaming silver prize — the Stanley Cup. Sidney Crosby, …

June 14, 2009
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Doumit making progress; Stanley Cup in the house today

The mood in the clubhouse this morning was very buoyant, which is fitting because of all the good news — Ryan Doumit is on his way back (though it will be a bit yet), Sid and the Cup will be …

June 13, 2009
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Slumping Moss benched

Right fielder Brandon Moss, stuck in an 0-for-15 slump, is getting a three-day breather. He’s out of the lineup tonight and will sit again tomorrow. The Pirates are off Monday, then begin a three-game set Tuesday in Minneapolis against the …

June 12, 2009
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Sanchez signs, gets $2.5M bonus

The Pirates this afternoon signed their first-round draft pick, catcher Tony Sanchez. Sanchez will receive a bonus of about $2.5 million, which is the slot amount for the fourth overall pick. “We are very pleased to add a player with …

June 11, 2009
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Pirates beat Braves in ninth-inning single

ATLANTA – Andy LaRoche tapped a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning and the Pirates beat the Braves, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon at Turner Field. LaRoche’s full-count single up the middle off Braves reliever Rafael Soriano …

June 11, 2009
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Pirates-Braves lineup

Here are the starting lineups for today’s 1:10 p.m. game at Turner Field. Georgia native Brandon Moss, who is 0 for 8 in the series and 4 for 23 (.174) this month, will get the day off. The Braves placed …

June 10, 2009
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Pirates nip Braves

ATLANTA – Talk about anticlimactic. Pirates newly acquired right-hander Charlie Morton’s debut against his former team lasted one inning Wednesday night. Morton, one of three prospects received from the Braves in the Nate McLouth trade, threw 13 pitches before leaving …

June 10, 2009
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Pirates-Braves pre-game, Yates returns to Pittsburgh

• Reliever Tyler Yates returned to Pittsburgh today for further tests on his bothersome right elbow that flared up during Tuesday’s simulated game. “I was super sore,” Yates said on Tuesday night. Manager John Russell said it may be as …

June 10, 2009
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Pirates-Braves lineups, Morton to debut

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game at Turner Field, as former Braves pitcher Charlie Morton makes his debut with the Pirates, who are coming off back-to-back one-run losses to the Braves. PIRATES – 1. Andrew McCutchen …

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