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Fresh Starts for Snider, Sanchez, Qualls Can Help Boost Pirates

Fresh Starts for Snider, Sanchez, Qualls Can Help Boost Pirates

A change of scenery can sometimes help a player. The new surroundings, new teammates and the opportunity to start somewhere fresh can make a difference. The Pirates new faces in Chad Qualls, Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider have come into a new clubhouse and have fit in with Pittsburgh.

"The change of scenery, if you take it in a positive way, which you should always do, there’s an opportunity," hitting coach Gregg Ritchie said. "There’s an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself, something of greatness and something of excellence. That’s what they’re showing me."

While Qualls has seen his share of different teams -- the Pirates were his third club just this season, and sixth in parts of 10 seasons in the Majors -- the 33-year-old reliever has the experience needed to help shutdown the innings and get the ball to closer Joel Hanrahan. Qualls, too, notched saves for Houston picking up 24 during the 2009 season.

"He gives us versatility in different roles out th...

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