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May 12, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: There will be blood

PNC PARK –  Last night’s loss seemed soul crushing for the Pirates, blowing a late, golden opportunity to win the Million Dollar Arm Publicity Game. But big picture, the Pirates still finished their homestand with three series wins. It was a …

May 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Up in smoke

SOUTH HILLS – So you’ve probably heard bullpens are prone to volatility from year-to-year more than any other position group in baseball. This is in large part due to small sample-size, but you also see more max-effort pitching deliveries out …

May 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Is Liriano broken …. again?

PNC PARK – One of the worst things that could have happened (is happening?) for the Pirates in 2014 was for Francisco Liriano to revert to  his 2011-12, 2007-09 self. You know, the guy that lost velocity, walked too many …

May 1, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Rearranging furniture

SOUTH HILLS – Wandy Rodriguez (right knee) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis today and it’s an important one for Rodriguez. We know the Pirates only owe more dollars to Russell Martin in 2014.  We know Rodriguez …

April 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Super 2 is not so super

SOUTH HILLS – Pirates GM Neal Huntington maintains Super 2 status is not a “driving factor” in Gregory Polanco still renting in Triple-A while the Pirates are struggling offensively at the MLB level. The GM to openly say they are …

April 28, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Worst-kept secret: Polanco is very good at baseball

ST. LOUIS — It’s like the final scene of “The Poseidon Adventure” this morningin the Lou, with the sun peeking over the Arch after a loud, stormy night. In a few hours, I’m off to Bawl’mer, where I hear it’s …

April 24, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Who’s up first? Who should be up second?

PNC PARK – You might be aware of Starling Marte‘s early-season, swing-and-miss struggles. Marte entered Thursday tied for the NL lead in strikeouts (33) and struck out to lead off things against Tony Cingrani to take sole possession. While Marte’s …

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