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November 30, 2009
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Karstens, Thomas to Indy; Diaz released

Pitchers Jeff Karstens and Justin Thomas cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Both will be invited to spring training as non-roster players.

November 30, 2009
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Ledezma will vie for bullpen job

The Pirates today signed left-handed pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma as a minor league free agent. He will receive an invitation to spring training.

November 20, 2009
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40-man roster completed

Brad Lincoln had reconstructive elbow surgery less than a year after the Pirates made him the fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft. Fully recovered, the right-hander has won 13 games over the past two seasons in the minors. Friday, …

November 20, 2009
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Tabata tears up AFL

Thursday, the Arizona Fall League wrapped up its regular season. Four Pirates prospects performed well: … Outfielder Jose Tabata batted .429 over his final 10 games to finish with a .392 average, third-best in the AFL. He was the leader …

November 16, 2009
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McCutchen finishes fourth in Rookie of the Year voting

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen finished fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. McCutchen gathered 25 points, including two first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan was …

November 10, 2009
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LaRoche reassures Alvarez

It won’t be long before Pedro Alvarez takes over at third base, which will force Andy LaRoche to either find a new position — second base remains very much a possibility, even with Akinori Iwamura on the roster — or …

November 9, 2009
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Bucs to play 2 spring games in Philly

Next year, the Pirates will wrap up their spring training schedule with two games in Philadelphia. The Pirates will play the Phillies April 1 in Clearwater, Fla., then fly to eastern Pennsylvania for two games against two-time defending NL champs …

November 6, 2009
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Three players taken off 40-man roster

The Pirates assigned pitchers Virgil Vasquez and Eric Hacker outright to Triple-A Indianapolis and catcher Steve Lerud outright to Double-A Altoona. The 40-man roster now lists 36 players, plus pitchers Jose Ascanio and Evan Meek, who are on the 60-day …

November 3, 2009
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Pirates acquire Iwamura

Seeking to fill a hole in their infield, the Pirates traded reliever Jesse Chavez to the Tampa Bay Rays for second baseman Akinori Iwamura. “He is a good athlete with above-average speed and is a tough out with a solid career …

 
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