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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. …

March 5, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 8 @ Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jeff Locke was supposed to start today, but he felt some tightness in his side a couple of days ago while throwing a bullpen. He’s still working out daily a McKechnie Field, but will not throw off …

March 4, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 7 @ Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. — Charlie Morton is scheduled to pitch three innings today, depending upon his pitch count. … Josh Harrison has hit safely in all three of his games so far. … Chris McGuiness has gone 5 for 10 with …

March 3, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 6 v. Red Sox

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gaby Sanchez tweaked his knee while making an awkward, aborted slide into third base the other day against the Blue Jays. Tests showed no structuarl damage and he took some swings in the batting cage this morning.

 
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