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September 25, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Pirates fete Alvarez, Owens

The Pirates named third baseman Pedro Alvarez their Minor League Player of the Year and Rudy Owens their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Alvarez hit a combined .288 with 27 homers and 95 RBI for Class A Lynchburg and …

September 25, 2009
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Claggett will be evaluated

Anthony Claggett, whom the Pirates claimed yesterday off waivers from the Yankees, flew to Bradenton, Fla., to throw a bullpen session for Pirates officials today. GM Neal Huntington has not yet decided whether Claggett will join the Pirates or simply …

September 24, 2009
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Pirates claim Claggett

Today, the Pirates claimed right-hander Anthony Claggett off waivers from the New York Yankees. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jose Ascanio was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Claggett, 25, went 7-7 with a 3.07 ERA in 39 games …

September 24, 2009
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Reds 4, Pirates 1

A four-run rally in the third inning this afternoon lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory and a four-game sweep of the Pirates. The Pirates have dropped six games in a row and 22 of their past 25. Right-hander …

September 24, 2009
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Empty roads, empty seats?

Hooray for the G-20 summit! It took me about 15 minutes this morning to breeze down the unusually empty Parkway East and into the parking garage across from PNC Park. All of the players I talked to this morning in …

September 22, 2009
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Some protest-free G20 items

Some more “G20″ notes — none of which have anything to do with protesters, blocked-off roads or French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Garrett Jones leads all rookies with 20 homers. He is the fourth Pirates rookie to hit 20-plus in a …

September 22, 2009
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MVP musings

My National League MVP ballot rests before me on the table. There are 10 slots to fill and — as the BBWAA has stressed in its e-mail — none of them should be considered a “throwaway.” The top two spots …

September 21, 2009
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A complete lineup, more or less

The Pirates, more or less, have their usual lineup in place for tonight’s game against the Padres. I say more or less because the three players who are back in action – Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and Delwyn Young – …

September 18, 2009
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Another record within reach

There is one record the Pirates are in line to set this season that’s not a bad thing: Going into tonight’s game, the Pirates have made 63 errors, the fewest in the majors. They are on track to shatter the …

September 16, 2009
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Another tough loss

LOS ANGELES — I’m guessing not many folks in Pittsburgh stayed awake until the bitter end, but it was a tough 5-4 loss — even the hard-luck standards of this season — for the Pirates to swallow last night. The …

 
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