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February 16, 2011
by rob biertempfel


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How will Bucs honor Tanner?

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates are making plans to honor former manager Chuck Tanner, who will be buried today. “I can say at this time that we will honor and recognize Chuck on Opening Day and (it’s) likely that we …

February 15, 2011
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Heredia eyes big leagues

Right-hander Luis Heredia, ranked the fifth-best prospect in the farm system, went on his own this morning to watch the big leaguers work out in spring training camp.

February 15, 2011
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No strings attached

BRADENTON, Fla. — There’s a scrap of former pitching coach Joe Kerrigan’s legacy in the bullpen at Pirate City. Pitchers will again this year use the life-sized batter dummies during bullpen sessions — but only sparingly. New coach Ray Searage …

February 15, 2011
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Maholm wants to stay with Bucs

Lefty Paul Maholm’s contract is up after this season and, despite hearing trade rumors, he wants to stay with the Pirates.

February 14, 2011
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Large turnout on Day 1

By my count, 47 of 55 players have already checked in to camp and were on the practice fields Monday afternoon under warm, sunny skies at Pirate City.

February 12, 2011
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Chuck Tanner, RIP

More thoughts and memories in the wake of Chuck Tanner’s death yesterday: »»» From Phil Garner: “Chuck had more leeway than most managers do today. In those days, he really was respected by ownership. Between Chuck and the GM, they …

February 10, 2011
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Arbitration aftershocks

This week’s showdown in Phoenix with Ross Ohlendorf was the Pirates’ first arbitration hearing since 2004, when Jack Wilson won his case and got $1.85 million. The Pirates have worked hard in recent years to reach agreements with players rather …

February 9, 2011
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Who goes to Indy?

A few minutes ago, Triple-A Indianapolis sent out a general press release touting the players who likely will be on its roster this season. Among the players who are “projected to begin their 2011 campaigns” at Indy are eight top …

February 8, 2011
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Ohlendorf goes to arby hearing

The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to a salary arbitration hearing this afternoon, the first one of the year in MLB. When salary figures were exchanged in mid-January, the Pirates offered $1.4 million and Ohlendorf’s camp asked for $2.025 million. …

 
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