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February 28, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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This week’s pitching assignments

As inglorious moments in spring training history go, they don’t get much lower than the Pirates’ 6-4 loss last year against Manatee County Community College.

February 27, 2010
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Pitching in the rain

BRADENTON, Fla. — Wet, wet, wet. Cold, cold, cold. Blech, blech, blech. The Pirates had to move today’s workouts under cover, due to a steady, driving rain and temps in the 40s. Pitchers threw live batting practice in the batting …

February 27, 2010
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Kent Tekulve vs. Johnny Bench

BRADENTON, Fla. — One of the lasting images of the Pirates’ magical 1979 season is Kent Tekulve sidearming a pitch to Baltimore’s Pat Kelly, whose fly ball to center was the final out of Game 7. Teke’s unusual delivery — …

February 25, 2010
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Great news for Hanrahan

BRADENTON, Fla. — Joel Hanrahan, who’s been sidelined this week by a sore elbow, got the best possible news today from orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who cleared the right-hander to resume a normal throwing program. Hanrahan could be ready to …

February 24, 2010
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Groundhog Day

“It’s Groundhog Day,” Donnie Veal said this morning, kibitzing at his locker with fellow pitcher Chris Jakubauskas. “It’s still only 8:30? I checked the clock an hour ago and it was 8:30.”

February 23, 2010
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Addition and subtraction

BRADENTON, Fla. — It was a refreshing change today to hear ownership talk about the Pirates adding players in mid-season instead of trading guys away. During a 50-minute team meeting this morning, principal owner Bob Nutting and president Frank Coonelly …

February 23, 2010
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Slow out of the gate

Neither Brendan Donnelly nor Octavio Dotel will spend a lot of time on the mound for the first couple weeks of spring training.

February 22, 2010
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It’s a full house at Pirate City

All 66 players invited to big league camp are present and accounted for. The final cluster of position players checked in to Pirates City about a half-hour ago, and it looks as if everyone will participate in today’s workout.

February 20, 2010
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Dotel is quiet … for now

I noticed something odd this morning as I wandered through the Pirates’ clubhouse. It was awfully quiet over by Octavio Dotel’s locker.

 
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