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August 31, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: How to manage the rookie wall

SOUTH HILLS – Here’s a wacky thought  — what else would you expect here, right? — should clubs expecting to be in condition hold back their top prospects even longer? Yes, even longer, despite the criticism they already endure for …

August 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Do you want the good or bad news? (How about both?)

SOUTH HILL – The Pirates will remarkably enter September with meaningful baseball to be played despite an assortment of injuries, missed opportunities to upgrade the roster (though the folks inside 115 Federal St. might disagree), and general craziness. The final …

August 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Gerrit Cole’s time of year

SOUTH HILLS – Gerrit Cole likes saving his best for last, apparently. At least the last quarter of the season. Remember last year when Cole was solid but not spectacular the first three months last year after his call-up? Cole …

August 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: 101 ways to make out a lineup card

MILLER PARK – A three-headed platoon monster at first base is a difficult animal to feed. It’s an unusual roster situation to manage, to have three players limited on the defensive spectrum soak up so much flexibility, and, moreover, two …

August 22, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Front and center

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Howdy, folks. I’m awaiting my flight to Chicago and then rental car-ing it to Milwaukee and that little house of horrors known as Miller Park, where you might be aware the Pirates have struggled in recent …

August 21, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Silver linings playbook

SOUTH HILLS – So that felt like a must-win game and important comeback last night for the Pirates, right? This weekend feels like it could be a time when it’s decided whether the Pirates remain in the division race or …

August 20, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Falling off a cliff

SOUTH HILLS – This game can shift so quickly on us. One week the Pirates are a season-best nine games above .500,  knocking around Justin Verlander. A week later they’ve lost seven straight games and the season is on a tailspin …

August 18, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Another collapse?

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates are testing your cardiac health, I’m sure. The Pirates’ own health has placed them in quite a heart-sinking bind. After the Andrew McCutchen injury I wondered in this Web space if the Pirates’ season was …

August 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Challenges for baseball’s next commissioner

SOUTH HILLS – I’m a little concerned about where baseball is headed. Yes, baseball has grown from a $1 billion to a nearly $9 billion industry of the last 20 years. But the explosive revenue growth is not unique to …

August 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Building trust?

SOUTH HILLS – There has been a two-way trust issue in Pittsburgh regarding its baseball club: the city doesn’t trust the ownership to spend, and ownership doesn’t trust the city to show up at the ballpark. It had been this …

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