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March 31, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Beware of spring training stats

LAKELAND, Fla. — Be careful when you read spring training numbers. Some, like Zach Duke’s linescore from today’s 8-5 loss against the Tigers (3 2/3 innings, nine hits, eight runs, one walk, three strikeouts) might not have much bearing on …

March 31, 2010
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Jaramillo gets roster spot

LAKELAND, Fla. — This morning, Erik Kratz was reassigned to minor league camp, meaning Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher. Kratz will be the everyday catcher at Triple-A Indianapolis. Lineups for this afternoon’s game: Pirates — …

March 30, 2010
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Morton shines in final start

Charlie Morton’s final spring training start went very well, albeit in a 4-1 loss against the Twins. Morton yielded one run and five hits, walked one and struck out three. Jason Kubel’s solo homer in the fifth inning was the lone stain on Morton’s day.

March 30, 2010
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Roster cuts set up bullpen

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A round of roster cuts this morning has firmed up the bullpen — for now, at least. Pitchers Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Anthony Claggett, Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk and Jeremy Powell and catcher Luke Carlin were …

March 29, 2010
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Moss out of the picture

The burden of showing the Pirates got something worthwhile from the Jason Bay trade now falls to Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris.

March 28, 2010
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Spring training rarities

Here’s something you don’t see often in spring training games: an intentional walk.

March 28, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Games 22/23: Split-squad day

The Pirates have their final split-squad games today, with half the team here and the rest in Clearwater to play the Phillies. At 6-15, the Pirates have the worst record among NL teams (the Rangers are 6-16) out in Arizona.

March 27, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Cedeno takes the blame

“Everybody makes errors. It happens,” shortstop Ronny Cedeno said. “But I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to get ready for the season.”

March 27, 2010
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Kevin McClatchy in the house

BRADENTON, Fla. — I just spent a few minutes chatting with former owner Kevin McClatchy, who’s in town just long enough to see today’s game. “I used to go to every spring training game, home or away,” McClatchy said. McClatchy …

 
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