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August 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: 101 ways to make out a lineup card

MILLER PARK – A three-headed platoon monster at first base is a difficult animal to feed. It’s an unusual roster situation to manage, to have three players limited on the defensive spectrum soak up so much flexibility, and, moreover, two …

August 22, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Front and center

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Howdy, folks. I’m awaiting my flight to Chicago and then rental car-ing it to Milwaukee and that little house of horrors known as Miller Park, where you might be aware the Pirates have struggled in recent …

August 21, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Silver linings playbook

SOUTH HILLS – So that felt like a must-win game and important comeback last night for the Pirates, right? This weekend feels like it could be a time when it’s decided whether the Pirates remain in the division race or …

August 20, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Falling off a cliff

SOUTH HILLS – This game can shift so quickly on us. One week the Pirates are a season-best nine games above .500,  knocking around Justin Verlander. A week later they’ve lost seven straight games and the season is on a tailspin …

August 18, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Another collapse?

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates are testing your cardiac health, I’m sure. The Pirates’ own health has placed them in quite a heart-sinking bind. After the Andrew McCutchen injury I wondered in this Web space if the Pirates’ season was …

August 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Challenges for baseball’s next commissioner

SOUTH HILLS – I’m a little concerned about where baseball is headed. Yes, baseball has grown from a $1 billion to a nearly $9 billion industry of the last 20 years. But the explosive revenue growth is not unique to …

August 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Building trust?

SOUTH HILLS – There has been a two-way trust issue in Pittsburgh regarding its baseball club: the city doesn’t trust the ownership to spend, and ownership doesn’t trust the city to show up at the ballpark. It had been this …

August 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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A season on the brink (again)

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have been resilient in 2014. They’ve clawed back from an eight-game-under-.500 hole when many left them for dead. I thought they were cooked when they lost Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole to injury late in …

 
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