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March 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Pirate-ology bubble watch

BRADENTON, Fla. – Selection Sunday is always a lot of fun … unless you or your team is on the chopping block. Selection committee members always have tough decisions to make and the Pirates’ brass will soon face their own …

March 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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See you soon, Gregory. See you in June.

BRADENTON, Fla. – While the decision to option Gregory Polanco to Triple-A on Friday might have disappointed you  it should  not have come as a surprise. Pirates GM Neal Huntington essentially said at the winter meetings that there was no chance …

March 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Gerrit Cole is diversifying his portfolio

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – If you remember back to Gerrit Cole‘s first few months in the big leagues he was often a one-pitch pitcher. In his first few starts, 80 percent of his pitches were fastballs. For the season, two …

March 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the risk and reward of Pitch-22

BRADENTON, Fla. – One strong impression for me early this spring after spending time both in the major league clubhouse and around the minor leaguers at Pirate City, is the Pirates have built up a small army of impressive young …

March 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The Martin-to-McGuire bridge

BRADENTON, Fla. – One of the coming challenges for the Pirates after the 2014 seasons is in how they replace Russell Martin. Martin told our Rob Biertempfel that he would listen to a contract offer if he was approached by …

March 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Observations from minor league camp

BRADENTON, Fla. – Quiet day in Bradenton as the Pirates and Blue Jays were rained out. Too bad because the Blue Jays were bringing a strong lineup of regulars up from Dunedin and Jason Grilli and Wandy Rodriguez were scheduled …

March 5, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Morton’s new weapon could elevate him to elite status

BRADENTON, Fla. – Can Charlie Morton’s stuff become even more electric? I suspect it can. It was just one pitch, just one pitch Tuesday at the Tigers that I wrote about here, but it was an important one offering even this early …

March 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The U25s and perhaps a key early observation

LAKELAND, Fla. – Greetings from Florida, folks. Looking forward to bringing you sights, sounds and observations from camp over the next couple of weeks. But to begin, I wanted to share with you what I think are the most important …

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