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March 22, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Dotel says he’ll be ready for opener

Although closer Octavio Dotel is yet to face a major league batter this spring, he expects to be ready to pitch on Opening Day.

March 21, 2010
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Vazquez back in action

Ramon Vazquez took a round of batting practice in the cages about a half-hour ago and said he’s fit enough to play.

March 20, 2010
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Marte enjoys taste of big leagues

SARASOTA — Prospect Starling Marte is still a ways from the major leagues. but he got a taste of it this afternoon. In the Pirates’ 5-2 loss against the Orioles, Marte played three innings in right field and made two …

March 20, 2010
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Daniel McCutchen to get start Sunday

SARASOTA — Daniel McCutchen will make his first start this spring Sunday against the Rays. That means Zach Duke (along with Brendan Donnelly and Jean Machi) will pitch in a Triple-A game at Pirate City. McCutchen is pushing Kevin Hart …

March 19, 2010
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Now playing right field … Neil Walker?

After he made his career debut in right field this afternoon, I jokingly asked Neil Walker if he’s thought about asking for Roberto Clemente’s retired uniform No. 21. “No, no,” Walker said, laughing. “That’s not possible.”

March 19, 2010
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Alvarez, Tabata inching closer

GM Neal Huntington didn’t offer a specific timetable for when Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata should make the final step up to Pittsburgh, but indicated neither player is very far away.

March 18, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Dotel to debut Sunday

Coser Octavio Dotel (strained oblique) reported no problems today after throwing 24 pitches in a minor league game.

March 18, 2010
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Time to step it up

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There are two weeks left in the Florida portion of spring training. This is when starting pitchers begin to ramp it up to regular-season mode, when middle relievers get extra edgy about locking up bullpen jobs …

March 17, 2010
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Hart continues to struggle, adapt

BRADENTON, Fla. — Practically every day last winter, Kevin Hart stood in front of a full-length mirror in his home and went through his pitching motion. He was simultaneously looking for flaws and trying to get comfortable with his new …

March 17, 2010
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Cedeno passes first test

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ronny Cedeno (hand laceration) took batting practice in the cages this morning and reported no problems. “It feels much better,” Cedeno said. Cedeno was injured Sunday and did not work out Monday. Tuesday was an off day …

 
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