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April 15, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Speed bump?

CINCINNATI – Prior to yesterday’s game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noted an issue plaguing the Pirates’ starting pitchers early this season. “We’re not getting away with mistakes on the mound. Every fastball that was up in the zone got covered …

April 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A hiccup or a warning sign?

SOUTH HILLS –  Remember when Miller Park was a house of horrors for the Pirates? (It wasn’t that long ago). Well,  it is again as the Pirates  head to Cincinnati today fresh off of being swept by the upstart Brewers, …

April 11, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Fear the Brewers?

SOUTH HILLS – The Brewers are in a precarious position. They live in a small-market city. They reside in a division that has three playoff teams form a year ago. In the division are three teams – Pirates, Cardinals and …

April 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the confounding TJ for JT outcome

PNC PARK – We still don’t know enough about injury prevention. That’s what I took away from Sunday’s news that Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon requires Tommy John surgery. The Pirates handled Taillon about as cautiously as any top …

April 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The beginning of something big?

SOUTH HILLS – While Opening Day was about as perfect as you could hope for from a Pirates’ perspective, this weekend series is really the fist intriguing must-see, match-up of the season. And what a way to start with two …

April 3, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Game 3: Cubs @ Pirates

My, but sunrise came quickly today and I might just doze off while blogging. If you have to ask why, then you haven’t yet read this. Both teams blew out their bullpen’s Wednesday/Thursday in the 16-inning marathon. The Pirates used …

April 3, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Near perfection is no match for regression

PNC PARK – We know one of the salient reasons the Pirates broke the streak, won 94 games, and made the postseason last year was because of a bullpen that was nearly flawless for the first half of the 2013 …

April 2, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Game 2: Cubs @ Pirates

Full disclosure: I’m an instant replay skeptic. It slows the game, sows seeds of self-doubt with the umpires and cannot guarantee that “every call will be correct.” I also don’t like the manager challenge rule — if replay is so …

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