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March 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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See you soon, Gregory. See you in June.

BRADENTON, Fla. – While the decision to option Gregory Polanco to Triple-A on Friday might have disappointed you  it should  not have come as a surprise. Pirates GM Neal Huntington essentially said at the winter meetings that there was no chance …

March 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Gerrit Cole is diversifying his portfolio

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – If you remember back to Gerrit Cole‘s first few months in the big leagues he was often a one-pitch pitcher. In his first few starts, 80 percent of his pitches were fastballs. For the season, two …

March 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the risk and reward of Pitch-22

BRADENTON, Fla. – One strong impression for me early this spring after spending time both in the major league clubhouse and around the minor leaguers at Pirate City, is the Pirates have built up a small army of impressive young …

March 10, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 14 v. Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. — There were 59 players in camp Sunday night. This morning, six moved out in the first wave of cuts. RHP Jameson Taillon, the second overall draft pick in 2010, was reassigned to minor league camp. He made …

March 9, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Games 12, 13 vs. Red Sox, Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. – Travis Ishikawa, who’s been slowed by a hamstring problem, will make his first start of the spring today as the designated hitter in the split-squad game vs. the Red Sox. … Andrew McCutchen will play in his …

March 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The Martin-to-McGuire bridge

BRADENTON, Fla. – One of the coming challenges for the Pirates after the 2014 seasons is in how they replace Russell Martin. Martin told our Rob Biertempfel that he would listen to a contract offer if he was approached by …

March 7, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning report: Game 10 v. Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. — No rain today, so plenty of baseball will be played here and at Pirate city. … The Twins will start a familiar face in center field and they also are bringing along OF Byron Buxton, whom Baseball …

March 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Observations from minor league camp

BRADENTON, Fla. – Quiet day in Bradenton as the Pirates and Blue Jays were rained out. Too bad because the Blue Jays were bringing a strong lineup of regulars up from Dunedin and Jason Grilli and Wandy Rodriguez were scheduled …

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