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September 30, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Who ya got Wednesday? It’s a tale of two advantages

PNC PARK — Here’s something that might comfort you: Edinson Volquez is probably a lot more relaxed than you are if you’re a Pirates fan. Volquez has had a loose, energetic, positive personality since the start of spring training, and …

September 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: True North

CINCINNATI – Clint Hurdle was right. There was no easy choice in making his pitching plan Sunday. But there were those that thought he should have played the probabilities and saved his best starting option, Gerrit Cole, for their next …

September 27, 2014
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A tactical retreat

CINCY –  There is a military strategy known as a tactical retreat. Not every retreat is a poor decision, a sign of weakness. Sometimes it is prudent and smart, a way to build strength. Sometimes it is a search to …

September 25, 2014
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Final answers revealed in Joe-Ja

ATLANTA – The Pirates entered Atlanta with only three areas of their roster carrying uncertainty as far as playing time and roster construction in October is concerned. Those areas? Right field, the bullpen bridge, and the No. 4 starter spot. …

September 24, 2014
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Same place, another soaked carpet, different mood

ATLANTA – As the clubhouse opened after last night’s win, the Pirates celebrated wildly as all postseason clinching teams do, exhausting 20 cases of champagne (six bottles in each case – roughly two for every member of the traveling party) …

September 22, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: a mandate for Martin?

SOUTH HILLS – Baseball has been revived in Pittsburgh. They, the front office, built it and you, the fans, showed up. The Pirates set a single-season attendance record Sunday: 2,442,564. That’s more than the total metro population. The city proved …

September 19, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Eight-two all over again … only a lot different

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have reached 82 wins in a season twice since 1992, and those campaigns have, of course, come in back to back years (Or since I arrived on the shores of the Allegheny. Yes, I’ll take …

September 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The Morton dilemma and a future ace and first baseman?

PNC PARK – Charlie Morton is making things interesting. Morton has said he’s not going to be 100 percent if he pitches through his sports hernia. It’s going to at least need offseason rest and, perhaps, surgery. But he said …

September 16, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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When the hitting coach matters

LEBO – We don’t see the hitting coach. He doesn’t make mound visits. He doesn’t hold press conference. While the bullpens are visible to the public before games, where pitching coaches are often watching over pitcher’s shoulders, batting cages are …

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