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March 27, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Pitcher in the 8 hole

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates this afternoon play their long game against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the odd season when the Pirates don’t make the 90-minute drive north to Dunedin, Fla., to visit the Jays. Notice the two …

March 26, 2010
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Zach Duke: slugger

Coach Tony Beasley has been doing batting drills with the pitching staff for the past week or so. Zach Duke is his best pupil.

March 26, 2010
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Game 21: Kissimmee-bound

Anthony Claggett, Jack Taschner and Javier Lopez will pitch in relief roles today against the Astros. Claggett is ticketed for Triple-A, Lopez is a lock for the Pirates’ bullpen. Taschner, who has racked up 12 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings, also is near-certain to head north with the team next week.

March 25, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Iwamura loses Shikoku battle

Aki Iwamura went 0 for 3, including a strikeout, today against Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami. It was the first time they had faced each other in the major leagues.

March 25, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Church has fractured finger

Ryan Church fractured the tip of his left middle finger, but hopes to be able to get back in the lineup by Sunday.

March 25, 2010
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Long’s help sparks Raynor’s success

John Raynor is batting .313 through 14 games this spring. Part of the reason for his success is work he’s done with hitting coach Don Long.

March 24, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Familiar foe for Maholm

BRADENTON, Fla. — If it’s the Red Sox in the opposing team’s dugout, it must also be Paul Maholm on the mound for the Pirates. Maholm has made four starts this spring, two against the BoSox and two against the …

March 23, 2010
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Duke will start Opening Day

Left-hander Zach Duke will start for the Pirates on Opening Day. The Pirates will play the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 5 at 1:35 p.m.

March 23, 2010
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Neil Walker sent to Triple-A

BRADENTON, Fla. — Neil Walker saw it coming.

This morning, Walker was optioned to Triple-A, one of eight players sent out of Pirates spring training camp. He’ll begin the season at Indianapolis for the third year in a row.

 
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