Matt Bandi

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    Rotation falling apart

    It is no secret that the Pirates’ starting rotation has held the team back all season. The Pirates have scored 370 runs, fifth in Major League Baseball. But they have allowed 414 runs, second-highest in the league. The starters have played a large part in that number, with a 5.41 ERA and...

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    Gorzelanny having back issues?

    It was clear that Tom Gorzelanny was struggling with inconsistent command in his start on Wednesday. On numerous occasions, he was visibly frustrated as a pitch sailed wide of its intended destination. It seemed that he was having difficulty locating his fastball to right-handed batters, an observation that is confirmed by this...

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    Baltimore series full of highs and lows

    The room was quiet as LaRoche stepped into the box. I think we were worn out, as a rollercoaster game was drifting towards its conclusion. With LaRoche still trapped in his usual early season slump and a tough lefty on the mound, we silently doubted our chances. When LaRoche lifted a fastball...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable – 6/17/2008

    Question #1: Do you expect Freddy Sanchez to rebound in the second half of the season? Why? Mike from Hyzdu Headquarters I really don't know what to think about Freddy Sanchez. I think that his shoulder is still bothering him. So I feel that will hinder any rebound talk for him. I...

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    Nady has sprained shoulder

    Just a quick note. Xavier Nady, who went hard into a wall while chasing a foul ball on Saturday, was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain after an MRI this morning. He will rejoin the Pirates tomorrow, and the team will monitor his progress over the next couple of days. As of now,...

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    Interleague schedule will be an interesting test for Pirates

    As you probably read in today’s Post-Gazette, the Pirates have not fared well in the past during interleague play. Actually, if you have been following the team closely the past few years, you probably already knew that. It seems as if the Pirates are often still hanging around as the calendar turns...

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    Mientkiewicz's simple act proves valuable

    Randy Johnson is known to work quickly on the mound. When Doug Mientkiewicz stepped in against Johnson in the third inning this afternoon, the big left-hander had little interest in wasting precious time. Mientkiewicz took a fastball inside, running the count to 2-1. With the scorching sun blazing down, the Big Unit...

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    The Draft – Day Two

    Day two of MLB’s amateur draft begins today at 11:30 AM, and will continue until complete. Try to keep up, as the picks should come very quickly today. Here are the Pirates’ selections from the first day.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our...

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    Doumit activated, Paulino demoted

    After tonight's victory over the Astros, the Pirates activated Ryan Doumit from the disabled list and optioned Ronny Paulino to Triple-A Indianapolis. It has been a quick fall for Paulino, who has gone from starter to backup to minor leaguer in less than six months. This move was not unexpected, and it...

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    Pirates 2008 Draft – Day 1

    First Round Name: Pedro Alvarez Position: Third Baseman College: Vanderbilt DOB: 7/18/1987 Height: 6’2” Weight: 225 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Right Second Round Name: Tanner Scheppers Position: Starting Pitcher College: Fresno State DOB: 1/17/1987 Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Third Round Name: Jordy Mercer Position: Shortstop College: Oklahoma State DOB: 8/27/1986 Height:...

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