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April 28, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Worst-kept secret: Polanco is very good at baseball

ST. LOUIS — It’s like the final scene of “The Poseidon Adventure” this morningin the Lou, with the sun peeking over the Arch after a loud, stormy night. In a few hours, I’m off to Bawl’mer, where I hear it’s …

April 3, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Game 3: Cubs @ Pirates

My, but sunrise came quickly today and I might just doze off while blogging. If you have to ask why, then you haven’t yet read this. Both teams blew out their bullpen’s Wednesday/Thursday in the 16-inning marathon. The Pirates used …

April 2, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Game 2: Cubs @ Pirates

Full disclosure: I’m an instant replay skeptic. It slows the game, sows seeds of self-doubt with the umpires and cannot guarantee that “every call will be correct.” I also don’t like the manager challenge rule — if replay is so …

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 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 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 …

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 …

 
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