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March 2, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 5 @ Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — I’m usually not one to boo athletes when I attend games as a fan. I’ll grumble and/or curse fate, but unless I’m 100 percent sure the guy gave no effort, I figure I can’t criticize too much. …

March 1, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 4 v. Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — Want some injury updates? Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the lineup today due to what the team says is “discomfort in his right knee.” He is listed as day to day. I have not spoken yet with Sanchez …

February 28, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning briefing: Game 3 at Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Josh Harrison had a big ice pack strapped to his right shoulder in the clubhouse this morning. That’s not a routine procedure, especially at 7:30 a.m., but Harrison insisted he’s not injured. “I’m OK,” he told me, …

February 27, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning report: Game 2 v. Yankees

TAMPA — Don’t read too much into the batting order, especially early on in spring training. “There are a couple guys (for whom) I’ve got spots in mind,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “But for the rest, I’m going to run …

February 26, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Morning report: Game 1 v. Yankees

BRADENTON, Fla. — Good morning from McKechnie Field. The Pirates open their Grapefruit League slate today against the Yankees, the first of five meetings this spring against the Bombers. Looks like the Pirates are putting out their Opening Day lineup. …

January 6, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Dickerson knows about the Reds rivalry

BRADENTON, Fla. — Chris Dickerson made his big league debut with the Reds in August 2008 and played for them two more years until he was traded to the Brewers straight-up for Jim Edmonds. He’s aware of the intense rivalry …

December 31, 2013
by Rob Biertempfel

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Six for the Hall of Fame

This is my third year as a Hall of Fame voter and, like the other folks who have a ballot (the exception being whoever supposedly played the whore for Deadspin), I take the responsibility seriously. I have found that the decision-making process doesn’t get easier, regardless of how many years you’ve voted.

January 17, 2013
by Rob Biertempfel

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Cole in the majors? Not yet.

The former first-round pick is going to big league training camp, but will open the season at Triple-A.

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