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October 29, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Pirates will own new Bradenton club

Some of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates — such as the low-A State College Spikes and Double-A Altoona Curve — are owned by private investors. However, the Pirates will become the sole owners of their Class A club when they …

October 29, 2009
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Pirates ‘very close’ to new Class A team deal

This afternoon, the Pirates confirmed my report in today’s Pittsburgh Trib that they are in the process of moving their high Class A team from Lynchburg, Va., to Bradenton, Fla. Here is the complete e-mail statement from team president Frank …

October 26, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Yates elects for free agency

The Pirates requested outright waivers on reliever Tyler Yates, who then opted for free agency. Yates missed most of last season after having reconstructive elbow surgery. Yates pitched in 87 games after the Pirates acquired him in a trade with …

October 26, 2009
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BA tabs McCutchen as majors’ top rookie

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen today was named major league rookie of the year by Baseball America. McCutchen hit .286 with 26 doubles, 12 homers, 54 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 108 games. He led National League rookies with …

October 4, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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One last time in ’09

CINCINNATI — Lineups for this afternoon’s season finale: PIRATES (62-98) Andrew McCutchen cf Andy LaRoche 3b Garrett Jones 1b Lastings Milledge lf Brandon Moss rf Delwyn Young 2b Robinzon Diaz c Luis Cruz ss Jeff Karstens (4-5, 5.37) rhp REDS …

October 3, 2009
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Duke struggles; Doumit ‘woozy’

Zach Duke struggled in his final start of the season Saturday, as the Pirates lost, 8-4, against the Cincinnati Reds. Duke (11-16) worked five innings and gave up five runs on six hits. He walked five, one shy of his …

October 3, 2009
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Moss at crossroads

CINCINNATI — It appears that Brandon Moss will head into next year as the incumbent right fielder. But during Moss’ “exit meeting” with manager John Russell and GM Neal Huntington, it was made clear that he still has a lot …

October 2, 2009
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Win No. 1 means no loss No. 100

Daniel McCutchen picked up his first major-league victory Friday, as the Pirates nipped the Cincinnati Reds, 3-1. The rookie right-hander worked 6.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits. McCutchen walked two and struck out five. McCutchen (1-2) was …

October 2, 2009
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Ascanio has surgery

CINCINNATI — Today, Dr. James Andrews performed arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in Jose Ascanio’s right shoulder. General manager Neal Huntington said there is no timetable for when Ascanio will get back on the mound or if he will …

October 2, 2009
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Karstens to start Sunday; Hill on video

CINCINNATI — Jeff Karstens will start Sunday’s season finale against the Reds. Karstens threw 61 pitches in five innings Wednesday in the nightcap against the Cubs, so don’t expect him to go too deep into Sunday’s game. — Manager John …

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