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September 26, 2013
by Travis Sawchik

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Play-in game strategery: Liriano or creative Plan B

CHICAGO – After Wednesday’s loss the Pirates are almost certainly headed toward a play-in game against Cincinnati on Tuesday, the only question is where the game is to be played.   Unless the Cardinals lose three straight against the Cubs …

September 24, 2013
by Travis Sawchik

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Champagne, the Bucs and Wrigley (a retrospective)

By Joe Rutter Watching the Pirates spray champagne all over the Wrigley Field visiting clubhouse Monday night was a novelty for many fans, especially those too young to remember when the team previously clinched a playoff berth in 1992. Yet, …

September 24, 2013
by Travis Sawchik

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Inside the Pirates’ celebration

CHICAGO – It’s 1:08 eastern time. I smell like cheap champagne, Coors Light and I can’t wear this shirt again on the road trip.   I just witnessed grown men and some kids (Cole, Gerrit) sporting every sort of goggles …

September 20, 2013
by Travis Sawchik

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The emergence of Gerrit Verlander, errrr, Gerrit Cole

PNC PARK – Remember when Gerrit Verlander’s results, I mean, Gerrit Cole‘s results didn’t match his stuff?   Remember when Cole was striking out only six batters per nine innings in Triple-A this spring? Remember when he struck out a …

September 16, 2013
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Morning Mop-up Duty: the Pirates’ democratic defense

SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – Baseball is often thought of as a team game played individually.  But the Pirates have proven this season that defensive play is most effective when the pitchers, fielders and off-the-field staff become more interdependent, not …

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