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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 t...

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