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Ten Things I Need to Know About the Pirates by April

Ten Things I Need to Know About the Pirates by April

A list of the ten most pressing Pirates-related Spring Training issues, according to me:

1. Can Adam LaRoche hit left-handed pitching?
Like it or not, a manager bound for Cooperstown thought it best to sit Adam down against southpaws for the majority of 2006. The Pirates acquired Lefty McThump to be their everyday first baseman; if he struggles, though, it might behoove Jim Tracy to start Bautista in right and shift Nady to first against lefties. Ryan Doumit's another possibility at first, but his splits aren't all that favorable to a platoon.
You can't sit Adam down solely on the basis of his Spring Training performance, but a poor camp coupled with a slow start might make it easier to give him the hook.
2. How do the Pirates match up with the Reds?
The Bucs have five dates (includin...

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