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September 11, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Chapman dazzles Pirates

CINCINNATI — Last night, the Pirates got their first look at Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman. The lefty threw 10 pitches — eight of them 101 mph or faster. He also mixed in two 90-mph sliders, which Garrett Jones swung through …

September 10, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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No quick fix for Morton

CINCINNATI — In this morning’s paper, I wrote about how Charlie Morton’s confidence issues wrecked most of his season and caused the Pirates to send to the minors for physical rest and mental repairs. Talking with Charlie and those around him, I get the sense he finally realizes what his problems are and has a plan to fix them.

September 8, 2010
by Karen Price


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Presley a ‘great story’

Alex Presley went into spring training this year just hoping to win a spot in the outfield in Double-A after a mediocre 2009 season in High-A Lynchburg.

September 6, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Hello, B-Mo. Bye-bye, Aki.

Brandon Moss will get a second chance — albeit a potentially brief one — with the Pirates. Moss will be among eight players brought up Tuesday from Triple-A Indianapolis.

September 6, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Meek ready to go?

Reliever Evan Meek (bruised right hand) is playing catch this morning and said he feels ready to return to action. However, even as Meek was working out on the field, manager John Russell was taking a more cautious approach about Meek’s availability.

September 5, 2010
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GM on Maz, Moss and more

The beat writers spoke at length a few minutes ago with GM Neal Huntington. Some revealing highlights: »»» Huntington said the club is in “wait and see” mode with injured right-hander Jeff Karstens: “No reason to rush him back, but …

September 5, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Karstens shut down

Right-hander Jeff Karstens probably is done for the season due to what manager John Russell described as a “cranky” arm. Karstens (3-10, 4.88) had his shoulder heavily iced in recent days.

September 1, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Bowker recalled from Indy

CHICAGO — Outfielder John Bowker was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, and will be used in right field and at first base. “He gives us another option off the bench and occasional spot starts,” manager John Russell said.

 
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