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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 …

November 21, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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In which we look back at last night’s roster moves …

Last night, the Pirates put catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, and pitchers Nick Kingham and Jameson Taillon on the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. GM Neal Huntington said Taillon is “doing really well” recovering …

November 20, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Bucs reportedly add Florimon, Liz

The Pirates have not yet announced what is expected to be a flurry of roster moves to protect select prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Pitchers Jameson Taillon and Nick Kingham and catcher Elias Diaz are expected to be added …

November 13, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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MVP decision is done. Busy offseason looms.

Do I harbor at least a little bit of bias against a pitcher winning the league MVP award? Yeah, I suppose I do. Position players are on the field pretty much every day, and they can influence the outcome of …

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 …

 
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