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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 …

June 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The cornerstone that wasn’t

SOUTH HILLS – Remember when Jose Tabata was supposed to be part of the Pirates’ future? The former Yankee farmhand and top 30 overall prospect came over in the Xavier Nady deal in 2009 and was the first player under …

June 23, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Trade Pedro?

SOUTH HILLS – One of the questions posed to the distinguished and charismatic panel on WXPI’s Final Word last night — yes I was involved — was the following: should the Pirates trade Pedro Alvarez? It wasn’t a surprising question …

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