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April 2, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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The Von Rosenberg dilemma

SOUTH HILLS – One takeaway from my time in the major and minor league clubhouses in Bradenton, Fla. this spring was the sheer size of the Pirates’ top pitching prospects. We know the Pirates have a collection of towering right-handed …

March 30, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up: The low down on the down-low philosophy

SOUTH HILLS – I suspect many of us on the outside, and perhaps some within organizations, are guilty of looking at major league players as having relatively static skills once they reach a certain age. We are guilty of thinking …

March 29, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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The secret of Searage’s success

  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As I was reading Travis Sawchik’s piece today in the Trib about the Pirates’ success pitching to the lower portion of the strike zone, I recalled a conversation I had earlier this spring with a …

March 23, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Can the Pirates win it all?

BRADENTON, Fla. – So this happened last week: Playoff predictions: AL Orioles, Indians, Mariners; DET, NYY. NL Nationals, Pirates, Dodgers; Cardinals, Marlins. PIT to win WS over SEA. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 20, 2015 Yes, an objective national baseball reporter, …

March 18, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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One seat left … or is there?

BRADENTON, Fla. – Asked about the final rotation battle on Tuesday between Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, Clint Hurdle declined to answer and then revealed the other 80 percent of his starting rotation. Francisco Liriano will start the opener on April …

 
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