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January 27, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Claggett, Jackson outrighted

Anthony Claggett and Steven Jackson today cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Indianapolis. The pitchers will be among 22 non-roster invitees in spring training. Claggett and Jackson had been designated for assignment recently to clear spots on the 40-man …

January 26, 2010
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Another Miracle in the making

Pirates Charities will help build the first Miracle Field in the Wheeling, W.Va., area. The formal announcement will come Wednesday morning, during the Pirates Caravan’s stop in Wheeling. The field will enable children with special needs to play baseball in …

January 23, 2010
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Selig’s ‘silly’ statement on steroids

I spent a lot of time this week talking to people in and around the industry about steroids, which for a baseball beat writer is never a pleasant topic. I was curious about the notion of attaching an “asterisk” or …

January 21, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Dotel signed, Claggett DFA’ed

The Pirates today signed free agent Octavio Dotel to a one-year contract with a club option for 2011. Financial terms were not immediately available. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-hander Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment. Dotel, …

January 20, 2010
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Pirates tickets on sale Jan. 30

Single-game tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at PNC Park and at PirateFest, online and by phone.

January 20, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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The process behind latest DFA move

The Pirates could still work out a trade involving Steven Jackson, perhaps even a 2-for-1 swap involving, say, newly acquired outfielder Brendan Jones. It’s also possible the Pirates will lose Jackson on waivers.

January 18, 2010
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Bye-bye Bixler, hello Donnelly

The Pirates today traded Brian Bixler to Cleveland, which cleared a 40-man roster spot for free-agent reliever Brendan Donnelly. Bixler was swapped for minor league infielder Jesus Brito, 22, who played in Class A last season. Brito hit a combined …

January 17, 2010
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Charges against Yates dropped

Charges of family abuse and property against Pirates relief pitcher Tyler Yates in Hawaii have been dropped.

January 13, 2010
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Church deal done; more to come?

BRADENTON, Fla. — Minutes ago, the Pirates officially announced the signing of outfielder Ryan Church to a one-year contract. “Ryan Church is an established, well-rounded major league player who brings an experienced left-handed bat and quality outfield defense to the …

January 12, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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3 more minor league deals

Sitting at the gate at Greater Pit, waiting for my flight to Florida to do a quick check on minicamp, when I saw the Pirates have signed three more players — right-hander Brian Bass, catcher Luke Carlin and outfielder Brian …

 
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