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June 9, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the sum of all fears

PNC PARK – So much rests upon the right shoulder of Gerrit Cole. The way I see it there are three players the Pirates cannot afford to lose for large portions of the season: Andrew McCutchen – you might have …

June 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Going off the board

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates had an opportunity and a challenge on the first day of the draft Thursday. They had four picks in the top 73 thanks to the trade with the Marlins that landed the 39th overall pick …

June 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Never draft for need, until you need to

SOUTH HILLS – Last year at this time I offered the Pirates free advice. I suggested they adopt a high-upside draft doctrine, what I dubbed the Hart Doctrine, which is a theory how small-market clubs should target prep talent — especially …

June 2, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: can Polanco be Puig?

SOUTH HILLS – It’s June. The Gregory Polanco Watch is officially on. I went to check on the prized Pirates’ asset on Friday night for a story on Polanco in Sunday’s paper. My contribution to the Polanco-hype machine is here if you’re …

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