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October 24, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A parade of arbys

LEBO – While the majority of the focus entering the offseason centers on Russell Martin’s impending free agency, and to a lesser extent the free agency of starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez, the Pirates have another financial concern …

October 22, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Copy a KC recipe?

CLARK BUILDING – The Royals are an interesting team. They’re not a great team but they’ve of course played great baseball at the right time. They do a couple things very well. They play a great outfield defense and they …

October 20, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Another Wild (Card) World Series

SOUTH HILLS – We knew before and are reminded again this October that entry to baseball’s postseason as a wild card team is not a death sentence. Ideal? No, but it’s not an impossible obstacle. Wild cards have been in …

October 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A new kind of bench coach? And a 9 percent hike

SOUTH HILLS – You have to be happy for Jeff Banister. After spending 29 years with the Pirates, after working his way up from a 25th round draft pick who recorded only one major league at bat, after he worked …

October 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Is Stewart an adequate plan B?

SOUTH HILLS  - I think we all understand Russell Martin is going to be a tough sign unless he gives a discount in years or dollars to the Pirates. And discounts are usually pipedreams in free agency. In an impending …

October 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Lessons from 2014

SOUTH HILLS –  A baseball season is a funny thing. It’s something you live with on a daily basis for six months (seven-plus consecutive months if you’re a player, coach, executive, or even a sports writer) … and then it’s …

October 2, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The sound of silence … and what broke that silence

SOUTH HILLS — As I wrote in my sidebar for today’s print edition, what struck me was the silence. After Brandon Crawford‘s grand slam last night, Blackout II went silent and Madison Bumgarner kept it silent with a brilliant shutout …

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