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April 19, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Better looks at plate make a difference

My game story about last night’s 6-2 win against the Brewers focused on Starling Marte‘s big bat and Jeff Locke’s finesse. During his media confab this morning, manager Clint Hurdle talked about another factor that’s been in play the past couple …

March 29, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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The secret of Searage’s success

  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As I was reading Travis Sawchik’s piece today in the Trib about the Pirates’ success pitching to the lower portion of the strike zone, I recalled a conversation I had earlier this spring with a …

February 16, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Kang among early arrivals for spring training

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang reported to Pirate City last Wednesday, a full week before pitchers/catchers and two weeks before position players are required to be in camp. “I’ve worked out here (four) days so far,” Kang said through …

January 28, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Snider traded to Orioles for two prospects

My friend Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has sniffed out news that the Pirates may be close to dealing outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles. Talks between the teams for a straight-up Snider-for-Brian Matusz deal fizzled during the Winter …

January 18, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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A bit more background on Kang

Now that Jung Ho Kang is on their roster, every Pirates regular season game and also a few spring training games this year will be televised in South Korea. “Because of the time difference (Korea is 14 hours ahead of …

January 14, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Mercer ready for Kang’s challenge

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jordy Mercer‘s Twitter feed blew up Tuesday night after free-agent infielder Jung-ho Kang fired a shot across the bow during a press conference at Incheon Airport in Seoul. Kang is on his way to Pittsburgh to finalize …

January 5, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Seven for the Hall

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the so-called unfairness of limiting a Hall of Fame ballot to 10 players. Many (perhaps most) of my fellow voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America want to eliminate the cap, …

December 10, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Winter meetings day 3

SAN DIEGO — Tony Sanchez‘s stint in the Dominican Winter League wound up being a lot shorter than he expected. After playing in just 10 games with Toros del Este, Sanchez was told by the team to go back to …

December 9, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Winter meetings day 2

SAN DIEGO — Good day, and welcome to day two. If you’re still hunting stocking stuffers, the Pirates will be ready to take your cash starting 10 a.m. Friday, when single-game tickets go on sale. You can get them via …

December 8, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Winter meetings day 1

SAN DIEGO — 8:45 am PT First off, I vow to refrain from making any “Anchorman” jokes this week. There was not a lot of buzz about the Pirates last night in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt, but, hey, it’s …

 
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