Randy Linville

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    Game 14: Duke Feeds His Gopher

    Zach Duke was unable to move to 3-0 on the year. He suffered through his toughest start of the young season. In five innings he gave up seven runs, seven hits and three walks. Three of those hits cleared the fences on the fly.

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    Game 13: Bush Halts Bucs Winning Streak at Three

    I was driving home listening to XM when the game started. I was about an hour away and figured I'd get in the first two innings at least before pulling into my garage. Well, I was off. Charlie Morton didn't get out of the second inning...

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    Game 12: Maholm Looks Sharp as Bucs Ride Big Inning

    Another tight one with the Reds goes the Pirates way as the Bucs sweep behind three RBI from Jason Jaramillo and a strong outing from Paul Maholm. A 7-5 start isn't too shabby.

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    Game 11: Reds Bullpen Gives Up Lead, Game in 9th

    PNC ParkIf turnabout is fair play, then the Reds should've hung on to win Saturday night. On Friday, the Pirates bullpen surrendered the lead only to watch the offense bail them out in the 9th. The Reds offense never got the chance on...

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    Game 10: Pen Throws Gas on the Flames, Milledge Douses the Fire

    Here was the plan tonight: Open gym at the newly reconstructed gym at my church (first time I've played ball in four years and it showed). Get home in time to watch the last 4 or so innings on Fox Sports Ohio. It all worked to...

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    Game 9: Sanchez Shuts Down Bucs

    Jonathan Sanchez tossed eight scoreless and innings and whiffed 11. He allowed three hits. The Giants supported him with three homers. Game over.

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    Game 8: Dotel, Bucs Hang on to Beat SF

    It was a 4-3 game heading into the 9th. Adam LaRoche homered and Akinori Iwamura singled in another run giving the Pirates a seemingly comfortable three run lead. Not quite. Octavio Dotel allowed a two run homer to Eugenio Velez who had tied the game earlier...

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    Game 7: Giants Best Bucs Behind Zito and Molina

    Let's see: went to bed last night before the game started because I had to get up to drive 3.5 hours to Cleveland for some meetings. Hit the sack thinking that Ross Ohlendorf would be starting and figured that the Pirates would have a fighting chance....

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    Game 6: Snakes Pound McCutchen, Bullpen

    John Kruk said it best on Baseball Tonight: The Pirates seem to get beat by giving up five runs here and five runs there. Why not just give up a bunch of runs in one inning? And that's exactly what they did.

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    Game 5: Duke and Long Balls Put Bucs on Top

    Zach Duke is off to another fine start. He won't blow anyone away. But hopefully he is learning how to pitch to the weaknesses of his hitters and keep them off balance. Whatever gets you through the night. Apologies to John Lennon.

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