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July 8, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Astros blank Pirates

HOUSTON – The Pirates’ up-and-down offense took another dip Wednesday. The Pirates mustered only five hits – all singles — off of starter Wandy Rodriguez in a 5-0 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Rodriguez (8-6) threw the …

July 8, 2009
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Pirates-Astros lineups, Adam batting sixth

Adam LaRoche, who is a .417 career hitter against Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez (5 for 12), will bat sixth for the first time this year, and second baseman Freddy Sanchez (back spasms) will miss his sixth consecutive game as the …

July 7, 2009
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Pirates, Wilson beat Astros

HOUSTON – Jack Wilson homered, drove in three runs and made a couple big defensive plays to lead the Pirates past the Astros, 6-3, on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. The victory is the Pirates’ third in their past eight …

July 7, 2009
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Pirates-Astros lineups; Sanchez out again

Freddy Sanchez will miss his fifth game in a row with a lower back strain. Ramon Vasquez, who is batting .327 in his past 49 at bats, will start at second. Lineups PIRATES – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jack …

July 6, 2009
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Pirates lose to Astros, Hampton again

HOUSTON – If it seems like a millennium since the Pirates beat Mike Hampton, that would be just about right. Hampton, the Pirates’ biggest pitching nemesis, once again made them his personal play-toy in a 4-1 Astros victory on Monday …

July 6, 2009
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Pirates working hard on offense

· The Pirates, who have scored one run or fewer in more than one-fourth of their games this season, took early batting practice this afternoon at Minute Maid Park. It’s something manager John Russell does at least once on each …

July 6, 2009
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Pirates starting lineups, Sanchez out again

All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez will miss his fourth-straight game with lower back pain when the Pirates continue their nine-game road trip with the start of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The roof is closed, mercifully, …

July 5, 2009
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Sanchez an All-Star for third time

MIAMI — Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez today was named as a reserve for the National League squad for the All-Star Game. Sanchez is hitting .316 with six home runs and 33 RBI. He has made just one error this …

July 5, 2009
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Jones gets plenty of playing time

MIAMI — Garrett Jones might not fully realize it yet, but he’s in line to get regular playing time for the foreseeable future. “It’s still early. I didn’t know I was going to be in there today,” Jones said last …

July 4, 2009
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Clear skies … so far

MIAMI — My hotel is about 20 minutes down the highway from Land Shark Stadium. As I was making the short walk to my rental car, the skies opened and I was drenched in about 30 seconds. By the time …

 
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