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April 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the confounding TJ for JT outcome

PNC PARK – We still don’t know enough about injury prevention. That’s what I took away from Sunday’s news that Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon requires Tommy John surgery. The Pirates handled Taillon about as cautiously as any top …

April 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The beginning of something big?

SOUTH HILLS – While Opening Day was about as perfect as you could hope for from a Pirates’ perspective, this weekend series is really the fist intriguing must-see, match-up of the season. And what a way to start with two …

April 3, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Near perfection is no match for regression

PNC PARK – We know one of the salient reasons the Pirates broke the streak, won 94 games, and made the postseason last year was because of a bullpen that was nearly flawless for the first half of the 2013 …

April 1, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Is Liriano’s left arm going to fall off?

SOUTH HILLS – That was about as perfect of an Opening Day as the Pirates could have hoped for. The skies cleared. The temperature rose. Francisco Liriano and bullpen were in 2013 form and the Local Boy Done Good ended …

March 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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2014 predictions

SOUTH HILLS – The following is the product of an exhaustive study of the Baseball Prospectus annual, Zips forecasts and Nastradoums Quatrains – combined with subjective observations from yours truly. The following are South Hill Command Center’s 2014 predictions, though …

March 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Upset alert: Sometimes spring training stats do matter

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates’ 25-man roster is taking shape as the club made a number of cuts this morning, the most surprising being that of Andrew Lambo, who was sent to Triple-A after being perceived to a clear favorite …

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