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March 9, 2010
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Dotel makes progress

TAMPA — Three relievers recovering from injuries — Octavio Dotel (oblique), Joel Hanrahan (elbow) and Wil Ledezma (shoulder) — threw duirng workouts this morning at McKechnie Field. Dotel threw a 30-pitch side session, his first time off the mound since …

March 8, 2010
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Aceves, Yanks dominate Bucs

It’s a good thing the Pirates aren’t in the AL East. If they were, they’d see a lot more of Alfredo Aceves.

March 8, 2010
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Kratz constructs a career

Catcher Erik Kratz is a bit of a throwback-type player. Friendly guy, no-nonsense approach, plays because he loves the game despite never yet spending a day in the majors.

March 7, 2010
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Raynor showing he belongs

In today’s 15-5 rout of the Twins, outfielder John Raynor doubled and tripled — raising his batting average to .400 — and drove in three runs.

March 7, 2010
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Game 5: Hit parade

As we enter the second week of spring training games, Ryan Church (.333 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Andrew McCutchen (.500, 1 SB) and Tony Sanchez (he’s batting 1.000 — albeit in one at-bat) already playing at a high level.

March 6, 2010
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Hart’s wild, Bucs play to tie

Kevin Hart, battling for the No. 5 job in the starting rotation, threw just one rough inning Saturday, as the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.

March 6, 2010
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Game 4: Vazquez in lineup

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ramon Vazquez will get his first start in the infield this afternoon against the Phillies. There’s been speculation the Rangers, who recently voided infielder Khalil Greene’s contract, might be interested in trading for Vazquez, who played for …

March 5, 2010
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Sanchez: I was shaking

Joe Starkey and I already have mentioned what a refreshing, glad-to-be-here guy Tony Sanchez is. Tonight, Sanchez got into his first spring training game and had quite a debut.

March 5, 2010
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McCutchen’s sinker dances

SARASOTA, Fla. — Daniel McCutchen’s first outing of the spring tonight went well: two innings, three hits, one run. “It’s good to get my feet wet,” McCutchen said. “I just wanted to throw strikes, not walk anybody and see how …

March 5, 2010
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Will Dotel be ready for opener?

Octavio Dotel (strained oblique) doesn’t expect to throw off a mound until sometime next week, putting him three weeks behind his normal spring training schedule. At that pace, Dotel, who prefers to pitch 10-15 innings in spring games, might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

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