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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 …

March 21, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Afternoon briefing: Game 23 v. Yankees

TAMPA — The Pirates made a round of cuts this afternoon before making the bus ride to Evil Empire Stadium. Pitcher Phil Irwin and infielders Chris McGuiness and Brent Morel were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Infielder Chase d’Arnaud and relievers …

March 20, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morn … er, Afternoon briefing: Game 22 v. Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hey, it’s nice to be back in Florida after fighting to a draw (at best) against Old Man Winter the past week back home. … Tonight’s tilt will  mark the eighth night game at McKechnie Field and …

March 18, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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A trade or two might help shape active roster

I’m set to fly back to Bradenton, Fla., tomorrow and hunker down for the final few days of spring training. Another round of cuts could happen Wednesday morning, as the Pirates inch closer to their 25-man active roster. In the …

March 10, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 14 v. Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. — There were 59 players in camp Sunday night. This morning, six moved out in the first wave of cuts. RHP Jameson Taillon, the second overall draft pick in 2010, was reassigned to minor league camp. He made …

March 9, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Games 12, 13 vs. Red Sox, Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. – Travis Ishikawa, who’s been slowed by a hamstring problem, will make his first start of the spring today as the designated hitter in the split-squad game vs. the Red Sox. … Andrew McCutchen will play in his …

March 7, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning report: Game 10 v. Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. — No rain today, so plenty of baseball will be played here and at Pirate city. … The Twins will start a familiar face in center field and they also are bringing along OF Byron Buxton, whom Baseball …

March 6, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 9 v. Blue Jays

BRADENTON, Fla. — If today’s game is rained out (a 50-50 proposition at this point), the players and pitchers could make up for lost work tomorrow, when there’s a “B” game against the Twins at 10 a.m. at Pirate City. …

 
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