Matt Bandi

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    Pirates set rotation; Duke to start opener

    Zach Duke will start the Pirates' season opener on April 5th at PNC Park. Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Charlie Morton and Daniel McCutchen will follow him, in that order. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with...

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    Pirates cut eight, including Hart

    The Pirates cut eight players from major league camp today, most notably Kevin Hart. Daniel McCutchen will be the team's fifth starter to start the season. Brian Burres, Hector Gimenez, Chris Jakubauskas, Wil Ledezma, Jean Machi, Brian Myrow and Neil Walker were also sent to minor league camp. ... This content is...

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    Looking at Zach Duke, defense, and random variation

    On August 28th, the Brewers quickly went to work on Zach Duke in the first inning. On September 8th, the Cubs did the same thing. Neither team hit the ball extremely hard off Duke, outside of a lone Prince Fielder bomb. Such is...

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    2010 Surprises

    2010 SurprisesEvery year, there are a few players who fail to meet spring training expectations. Conversely, a few players perform better than anticipated. Here are some Pirates that I expect to surprise in 2010.

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    Observations from McKechnie Field

    Observations from McKechnie FieldToday marked the first time that I attended a Pirates spring training game, as I watched the Pirates host the Red Sox at McKechnie Field. Here are a few observations from the game.

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    Reporting from Bradenton

    Reporting from BradentonI arrived in Tampa yesterday, and I am currently making the drive down to Bradenton to watch the Pirates host the visiting Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field. This is my first spring training experience, and the young fan...

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    Pirates cut Alvarez, Tabata

    Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates trimmed the roster to 49 this morning. Top prospects Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata were sent to minor league camp, along with Doug Bernier and Jonathan Van Every. UPDATE (9:45 AM): Pirates have also reassigned rehabbing pitchers Craig Hansen, Jimmy Barthmaier, Tyler Yates and Neal...

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    2009 vs. 2010: The defense

    Freddy Sanchez - Matt Bandi/PLCWhen we compared the Pirates’ 2009 offense with the team’s 2010 projections, we found that the Bucs should expect to see a five-win improvement strictly through their performance at the plate. That is all well...

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    Carrasco likely to make team

    Via Jen Langosch, Neal Huntington has indicated that D.J. Carrasco is very likely to be in the Pirates' bullpen at the beginning of the season. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25...

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    Neil Walker’s future

    Neil Walker will begin the 2010 season at Triple-A, his third consecutive stint at that level. The former top prospect’s future is murky at best, with Andy LaRoche blocking him in Pittsburgh and Pedro Alvarez storming through the minor leagues.

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