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March 23, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 25 @ Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — So, the Pirates offered Starling Marte a multi-year contract, but he didn’t find the numbers exactly to his liking. Both sides say they will continue to talk over a possible deal. Your thoughts? … This is the …

March 22, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 24 v. Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. — There’s a thick layer of fog over McKechnie Field this morning. It’s appropriate, considering most everyone in the clubhouse today (including this trusty scribe) are in a bit of a mental fog due to the pre-dawn wakeup …

March 21, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Afternoon briefing: Game 23 v. Yankees

TAMPA — The Pirates made a round of cuts this afternoon before making the bus ride to Evil Empire Stadium. Pitcher Phil Irwin and infielders Chris McGuiness and Brent Morel were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Infielder Chase d’Arnaud and relievers …

March 20, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morn … er, Afternoon briefing: Game 22 v. Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hey, it’s nice to be back in Florida after fighting to a draw (at best) against Old Man Winter the past week back home. … Tonight’s tilt will  mark the eighth night game at McKechnie Field and …

March 18, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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A trade or two might help shape active roster

I’m set to fly back to Bradenton, Fla., tomorrow and hunker down for the final few days of spring training. Another round of cuts could happen Wednesday morning, as the Pirates inch closer to their 25-man active roster. In the …

March 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Pirate-ology bubble watch

BRADENTON, Fla. – Selection Sunday is always a lot of fun … unless you or your team is on the chopping block. Selection committee members always have tough decisions to make and the Pirates’ brass will soon face their own …

March 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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See you soon, Gregory. See you in June.

BRADENTON, Fla. – While the decision to option Gregory Polanco to Triple-A on Friday might have disappointed you  it should  not have come as a surprise. Pirates GM Neal Huntington essentially said at the winter meetings that there was no chance …

March 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Gerrit Cole is diversifying his portfolio

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – If you remember back to Gerrit Cole‘s first few months in the big leagues he was often a one-pitch pitcher. In his first few starts, 80 percent of his pitches were fastballs. For the season, two …

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