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May 20, 2011
by rob biertempfel


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Pregame: Alvarez rests quad

Pedro Alvarez is not in the lineup tonight vs. the Tigers due to a sore right quadriceps.

May 17, 2011
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Sanchez muzzled

Tony Sanchez has shut down his Twitter account, calling it “a personal decision.” But it sure looks like he was silenced.

May 17, 2011
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Pregame: Another washout

Rain strikes again. Daniel McCutchen’s new role. Other assorted odds and ends from a stormy day in DC.

May 16, 2011
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Pregame: Cedeno surging

Ronny Cedeno has been hot at the plate, especially with runners in scoring position, over the past two weeks.

May 15, 2011
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Pregame: Get outta town

After today, the Pirates won’t see the Brewers again until Aug. 22-24 at PNC Park. A most welcome respite. The Pirates have won every series this season against NL Central foes, except for the two sets against the Brewers.

May 14, 2011
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Pregame: Scouting Hultzen

GM Neal Huntington scouted Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen. Does that mean the lefty the likely top pick in the draft?

May 13, 2011
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Pregame: Meek goes to Indy

Reliever Evan Meek (shoulder) tomorrow will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Indianapolis.

May 11, 2011
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Pregame: Crotta on DL, Ascanio activated

Rookie right-hander Mike Crotta’s feel-good story took a sour turn today, as he went on the DL with elbow inflammation. Jose Ascanio joins the team in Crotta’s place.

May 10, 2011
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Pregame: Hanny gets save No. 11

Joel Hanrahan has not allowed a run over his past seven outings and is 11 for 11 in save opps this year.

May 9, 2011
by rob biertempfel


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Pregame: Powerful pitching

A lot of the Pirates’ recent run of success, which has boosted them to a .500 record, is due to the starting rotation. Over the past seven games, the starters are 4-0 with a 2.79 ERA.

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