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November 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A missed opportunity?

SOUTH HILLS – I was asked in the office the other day about who was really most responsible for the Pirates’ ability to rehab starting pitchers: Ray Searage (and Jim Benedict) or Russell Martin‘s framing and other intangibles? It’s a …

October 31, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Scary thought: How good can Cubs be with Joe Maddon?

SOUTH HILLS – Game 7 was a thrill for all baseball fans but for the Pirates a more important event occurred earlier in the day when Jon Heyman reported former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon will be the Cubs’ new …

October 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The other hot corner … And an estimate on Edinson

SOUTH HILLS – Much of our focus here recently has centered on Russell Martin and understandably so. If we’re not talking about Martin, we’re probably discussing the potential free agent voids on the pitching staff (more on Edinson Volquez below). …

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 …

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