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    Game #104 vs St. Louis

    PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Adam Wainwright | Box Adam Wainwright shut the Bucs down, again. Maholm pitched into some poor luck. It was 2-2 in the 7th with two gone. Scott Rolen singled bringing up journeyman Ryan Ludwick. He hit a pop foul behind the plate that Ronny Paulino...

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    Jack Wilson and a Pirate Reliever Detroit Bound?

    Down to the wire, per usual. Last season, we didn't hear many grumblings at all until Sean Casey, Craig Wilson, Kip Wells, Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez were dealt away on July 31. This year, the Pirates have made it known that they're engaged in talks with at least one other team....

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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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    Pearce, Bayliss Face New Challenges After Promotions

    Two young Pirates got the calls they'd been waiting for on Sunday.� The organization's hottest hitter, Steve Pearce, and one of its many bullpen prospects, Jonah Bayliss, each were moved up a level. Pearce, 24, will be playing at Triple-A Indianapolis after starting the 2007 season with High-A Lynchburg as only a marginal...

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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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    JVB Back to Indy; Who’s Pitching for the Indians?

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Pirates optioned John Van Benschoten back to Indianapolis this afternoon, but have yet to make a corresponding roster move. With Shawn Chacon, Salomon Torres and Damaso Marte all being mentioned in trade talks, the Pirates' pitching staff is relatively short-handed. Trading three relievers (without...

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    JVB Back to Indy; Who’s Pitching for the Indians?

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Pirates optioned John Van Benschoten back to Indianapolis this afternoon, but have yet to make a corresponding roster move. With Shawn Chacon, Salomon Torres and Damaso Marte all being mentioned in trade talks, the Pirates' pitching staff is relatively short-handed. Trading three relievers (without...

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    Van Benschoten Down, Armas to Enter Rotation

    Per the AP: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent John Van Benschoten to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, a day after the right-hander lost his fifth straight decision. ... The Pirates plan to make a roster move Sunday to replace Van Benschoten. Tony Armas Jr. will take his spot in the rotation and start Wednesday...

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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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