Randy Linville

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    Which Pirate Castoffs Do You Trade By Tuesday?

    Discussion topics for an off day... If you were in Dave Littlefield's shoes, which trade deadline stance would you take? Miracle turnaround in 2008; add big-league pieces only Trade the vets for youth; punt a season or two in order to start another rebuilding process around Pearce, Walker and McCutchen Stand pat;...

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    Former Buc Bill Robinson Found Dead Sunday

    Bill Robinson, a corner infielder and outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirate teams of the 1970s, was found dead in his hotel room Sunday. Robinson, 64, had been serving as a minor-league instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Robinson, who also played with the Braves, Yankees and Phillies in his 16-year major-league career,...

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    Game #103 at Phillies; Ian Snell, Please Show Up

    Citizens Bank Park | 1:35 | Snell vs. Kyle Kendrick | Box The good news is that Ian Snell threw a quality start, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings while striking out 7 Phillies. The bad news is that Kyle Kendrick did too: The rookie right-hander tossed seven innings of one-hit ball,...

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    Game #102 at Phillies

    Citizens Bank Park | 7:05 | Youman vs. J.D. Durbin | Box It was good: Pirates third: Castillo struck out. Wilson popped out to shortstop Rollins. Youman walked. McLouth singled to right, Youman to second. Sanchez homered to left on a 1-1 count, Youman scored, McLouth scored. LaRoche singled to right. Bay...

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    Four Days Left to Talk; Will Bucs Make a Move?

    I've been keeping an eye on rumor-centric sites (Tim Dierkes' is particularly good; I read one on Yahoo!, too), wondering when and if the Pirates are going to make a move this year. I think it's safe to say there are but three Pirates on the market:  Shawn Chacon, Salomon Torres and...

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    Game #101 at Phillies; Van Benschoten Returns

    Citizens Bank Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Moyer | Box Never have 6 hits and 4 walks over 2.1 innings looked so good. John Van Benschoten allowed the first three Phillies he faced to reach base, and I'm sure everyone wearing black and gold was wondering if he'd stick around...

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    Bucs Killed Kendall's Career Thru Overuse

    It's hard not to look at Jason Kendall's awful 2007 numbers and claim that such sharp drop isn't uncommon for catchers that are about his age. I'm hopeful he can turn it around in Wrigley, help the Cubs to the playoffs and be a post-season hero. But I doubt it. Kendall just...

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    Linebrink Deal Sets Value for Pirate Arms on Market

    Wednesday night, the San Diego Padres dealt relief pitcher Scott Linebrink, a coveted commodity on the trade market, to the Milwaukee Brewers for three minor-league arms. This isn't the type of trade that has much sex appeal, even though Linebrink's name had long been mentioned in talk surrounding the Red Sox and...

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    Game #99 at Mets

    Shea Stadium | 7:10 | Gorzelanny vs. Tom Glavine | Box The Pirates lost a game, yes, but that's not important. It's what else they may have lost that worries me the most. Tom Gorzelanny left tonight after 2.1 innings having allowed 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 earned runs. It was...

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    Bay Day, Bay Day: Tell Me that Jason is Finally Back?

    After earning just four hits in the Pirates' previous week-long homestand, Jason Bay broke out on Tuesday night against the Mets. At Shea Stadium Bay went deep twice, finishing the evening with three knocks in four at-bats. He'd had just one home run in his previous 24 games. Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic wrote...

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