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March 3, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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March bubble watch: Locke or Worley?

SOUTH HILLS – Assuming Charlie Morton is ready to go, and the top three elbows and shoulders in the starting rotation are healthy, the most meaningful spring competition is for the fifth spot between Jeff Locke and Vance Worley. Worley and …

February 23, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: What to expect of post-hype Polanco?

SOUTH HILLS – Recall the hype surrounding Gregory Polanco‘s call-up last season? It was greater than that of even of Gerrit Cole of a year earlier. Polanco was billed as the team’s best positional prospect since Andrew McCutchen. It was as …

February 18, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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The communication gap

SOUTH HILLS – Pitchers and catchers report today in Bradenton, Fla. and the full squad is due in on Feb. 24th, though a number of players have already arrived in camp. Each year, when the Pirates’ full squad migrates to …

February 16, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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Kang among early arrivals for spring training

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang reported to Pirate City last Wednesday, a full week before pitchers/catchers and two weeks before position players are required to be in camp. “I’ve worked out here (four) days so far,” Kang said through …

February 13, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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The case against shrinking the strike zone

SOUTH HILLS – There’s a number of reasons for baseball’s decline in offense, as run scoring contracted for an eighth consecutive year last season to 4.07 runs per team per game. That’s fewest runs per game since 1981. There’s the proliferation of …

 
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