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July 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A Pirate for Life?

CINCINNATI – Andrew McCutchen is looking very much like a back-to-back MVP isn’t he? How he rose to the occasion not once, but twice, on Saturday night in Cincinnati was remarkable even for such a great player. You can make …

July 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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New commenting policy

SOUTH HILLS – This decision comes from above my pay grade, but as I understand it you will now be required to have a Facebook account to comment on any blog or story on our Web site. This blog was …

July 9, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Subjectivity is still king. See: Abreu, Jose

SOUTH HILLS –  Bullpen usage would seem like a timely issue today with back-to-back, walk-off losses — and Ernesto Frieri being employed in a tie game in the ninth inning — but we just covered that issue in this space recently. …

July 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The Locke conundrum

PNC PARK – No matter how well Jeff Locke pitches – and he’s pitching very well – there’s a chance he will simply not remain in the rotation. It’s simple math: when Francisco Liriano is healthy, the Pirates have six …

June 30, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Halfway home

SOUTH HILLS – Technically we’re a game beyond the halfway point, but with the first three months of the season down, and three months to go, the Pirates have weathered a trying first half of the season with a 42-40 …

June 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Transaction analysis: is the Grilli trade the new Hanrahan trade?

SOUTH HILLS – Some shocking news came down an hour before first pitch tonight as the Pirates traded their melt-down-prone reliever Jason Grilli for the Angles’ melt-down-prone reliever Ernesto Frieri. At first glance it appears this is a classic change-of-scenery, we’ll-give-you-our-problem-for-your-problem trade. …

June 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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That swing

SOUTH HILLS – Gregory Polanco‘s swing has been compared to just about every great left-handed hitter of the modern era from Ken Griffey Jr. to the David Ortiz. I think you have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s …

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