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    Bucs ink 5th and 12th round draft picks

    The Pirates signed two draft picks today, Tyler Waldron (RHP - 5th round) and Vincent Payne (RHP - 12th round).

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    Criticism of Alvarez promotion bizarre

    Pedro AlvarezThe Pirates' front office has received a tremendous amount of criticism for its handling of the Pedro Alvarez promotion. The franchise that is often bashed for over-hyping prospects and giving its fans false hope is now being bashed for placing too little emphasis...

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    Coonelly: Huntington and Russell were extended through 2011

    Pirates' president Frank Coonelly announced today that general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell had their contracts extended through 2011 this past offseason. This information had not been made public previously.

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    Iwamura designated for assignment

    To make room for Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates designated Aki Iwamura for assignment today.

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    Pedro Alvarez coming to Pittsburgh

    The Pirates recalled top prospect Pedro Alvarez immediately following tonight's game. Alvarez is expected to make his major league debut tomorrow night at PNC Park.

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    Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

    Jack WilsonI am not going to spend much time talking about Ron Cook’s article in this morning's Post-Gazette. There are plenty of misguided thoughts in the article, but I just wanted to make a single point.

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    A jigsaw puzzle: Offense

    As Neal Huntington tore down the Pirates’ major league roster over the past few years, I set my sights on 2011 as the year the team would “turn it around.” By 2012, I hoped we would be competing for the playoffs. Whether this team has...

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    A Friday night in Altoona

    altoona curveAs I was driving to work on Friday morning, I began to suspect that Bryan Morris' spot in the Altoona rotation was due up that night. When I arrived at my office, I fired up the computer and quickly checked whether I was correct....

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    Bucs ink 39th rounder

    According to a report from the Washington Times-Herald, the Pirates have signed 2010 39th round draft pick Kevin Decker, a right-handed pitcher.