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November 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Batman returns

SOUTH HILLS – ¬†As you are probably aware of by now, A.J Burnett returned to the Pirates on Friday, signing a one-year, $8.5 million deal. He turned down a $12.75 million option to remain with the Phillies. The Pirates benefited …

November 13, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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MVP decision is done. Busy offseason looms.

Do I harbor at least a little bit of bias against a pitcher winning the league MVP award? Yeah, I suppose I do. Position players are on the field pretty much every day, and they can influence the outcome of …

November 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The little trade that could … save 2015

SOUTH HILLS – Yes, the Pirates have voids in the rotation. Yes, first base is unsettled and Andrew McCutchen believes it’s a priority need. Yes, the bullpen regressed greatly in 2014. But the fact is if Russell Martin is playing …

November 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: McCutchen speaks his mind

SOUTH HILLS – Few have doubted Andrew McCutchen‘s comfort level on the field as a player who enters the week vying for a second straight MVP. He has already secured a third straight, top-three MVP finish. However, it appears McCutchen …

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). …

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