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July 18, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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No MLB decision yet on Sano

Contrary to a report by Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball has not yet ruled on its investigation into the age of Dominican prospect Miguel Sano. The Pirates and other teams were informed Friday by MLB that the query will not …

July 18, 2009
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d’Arnaud d’amaged

Class A Lynchburg shortstop Chase d’Arnaud will have his hand in a cast for four weeks and miss the rest of the season due to sprained left thumb ligaments. He was injured Wednesday while trying to make a diving stop. …

July 17, 2009
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Bucs

The Pirates will talk with Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson about possible contract extensions — but not for long. “This is something that needs to be resolved quickly, one way or the other,” general manager Neal Huntington said this afternoon. …

July 16, 2009
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Input from out-of-towners

A lot of the e-mail I received regarding my story from the other day about the Pirates’ attendance this season came from people living out of state. Not sure what to make of that. By the way, Lou DePaoli, the …

July 12, 2009
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Justice served: Duke an All-Star

PHILADELPHIA — Justice was served for Zach Duke, who this morning was named to the NL squad to the All-Star Game. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who will skipper the NL team, chose Duke to replace Giants pitcher Matt Cain, who …

July 11, 2009
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Two more international signings

PHILADELPHIA — The Pirates continue to rack up international signings. Today, they came to terms with Australian catcher Dylan Child and Lithuanian right-hander Dovydas Neverauskus. Child, 18, recently was converted from shortstop to catcher. He will train at the MLB …

July 10, 2009
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Sanchez back in the lineup

PHILADELPHIA — After a six-game absence due to a sore lower back, second baseman Freddy Sanchez tonight is back in the lineup. “It’s gonna take a little bit to get my legs back underneath me,” Sanchez said. “But, overall, I …

July 10, 2009
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Doumit activated off DL

PHILADELPHIA — Catcher Ryan Doumit has completed a faster-than-expected recovery from a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist and today was activated off the disabled list. Doumit will be in uniform tonight. Lineups for the game against the Phillies …

July 10, 2009
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Another step toward Hanson’s dream

PHILADELPHIA — On a hot, rainy afternoon in late April, I tagged along with Latin American scouting director Rene Gayo to a tryout in the Dominican Republic. Although more than four dozen hopefuls came to the field, Gayo focused on …

July 8, 2009
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Pearce, Jackson sent to Triple-A

HOUSTON – Following their 5-0 loss to the Astros on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates optioned first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce and right-handed reliever Steven Jackson to Triple-A Indianapolis. They recalled left-handed reliever Donnie Veal, who had spent the past month in …

 
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