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March 31, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Pregame 1: Opening Day v. Cubs

Happy Opening Day. Allow me to blast ya with some trivia, news and notes: This is Franicisco Liriano‘s second Opening Day assignment. He started Twins opener in 2009 and dropped 6-1 decision v Mariners & King Felix … This is …

March 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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2014 predictions

SOUTH HILLS – The following is the product of an exhaustive study of the Baseball Prospectus annual, Zips forecasts and Nastradoums Quatrains – combined with subjective observations from yours truly. The following are South Hill Command Center’s 2014 predictions, though …

March 27, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 29 v. Yankees

  BRADENTON, Fla. — The sun had not yet risen over McKechnie Field on this final day in Florida for the Pirates when the team announced a minor trade. Outfielder Keon Broxton was acquired from the D’backs for the ol’ …

March 26, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 28 @ Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. — The team bus has left for Fort Myers for the game against the Twins. I’m staying behind at McKechnie Field to watch Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez pitch in a simulated game. Ordinarily, those are the kind …

March 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Upset alert: Sometimes spring training stats do matter

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates’ 25-man roster is taking shape as the club made a number of cuts this morning, the most surprising being that of Andrew Lambo, who was sent to Triple-A after being perceived to a clear favorite …

March 25, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 27 v. Blue Jays

BRADENTON, Fla. — As you can read elsewhere on this site, the Pirates this morning cut 11 players from big league camp. Sending out Andrew Lambo and Jaff Decker brought some clarity to two positions – Travis Ishikawa (although he’s …

March 24, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 26 v. Tigers

BRADENTON, Fla. — Management held a couple of closed-door meetings this morning, most likely to sort out the pitching situation. LHP Francisco Liriano still is listed as the Opening Day starter, but that could change if his groin injury does …

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