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    The Pirates Aren't as Good as You Think—Yet

    Then again, maybe I'm not giving you enough credit. Maybe they're just about as good as you think---somewhere between below average and above average, but not quite at either extreme. Really, a mediocre baseball team even if they are sitting in first. Then again, it's April 5th and we've only played three...

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    OPENING DAY!

    IT'S OPENING DAY! . I'm ready! . I've got my glove. I've got my scorebook. I've got my radio. Is it time to go to the stadium yet? . . GO TRIBE!

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    Dan Kolb: Return Trip

    Here is an old friend who has come back to the Indians. DAN KOLB relief pitcher born: March 29, 1975��� in Sterling, Illinois Ht: 6' 4"���� Wt: 215 lb B: Right��� T: Right . Dan Kolb began his professional baseball career in 1995, after being drafted by the Texas Rangers.� That summer, he pitched for the GCL Rangers, where...

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    Game #3 at Houston

    Minute Maid Park | 8:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Woody Williams | Box "Bautista, Bucs dust off brooms." If defense wins championships, the Pirates are in trouble. Then again, the offense hasn't been any better. The Bucs were inefficient with runners in scoring position, and their big off-season acquisition has been noticeably silent....

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    The Coaching Box

    A look at the hitting and pitching coaches�for the Pirates' minor league affiliates. INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS� HENSLEY "BAM-BAM" MEULENS-- hitting coach����� age�40,� from Curacao� Like Indians' infielder Yurendell de Caster, Meulens is from Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.� He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Yankees in 1985.� He played intermittently...

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    Game #2 at Houston

    Minute Maid Park | 8:05 p.m. | Snell vs. Jason Jennings | Box The Pirates beat the Astros, 3-2. Again, we'll take it. You can't count on coming back every night, but it sure feels good when you do it. Ian Snell struck out 11 through six, Matt Capps and Salomon Torres...

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    Rosters Announced

    The Pirates' minor league affiliates announced 2007�Opening Day Rosters today. Some of these players have been profiled here already -- click on highlighted names for the links. . AAA : INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS Pitchers Jim Brower���������������� Kevin Gryboski��������� Josh Sharpless Bryan Bullington��������Marty McLeary���������Michael Tejera Sean Burnett��������������Franquelis Osoria�������John VanBenschoten Jesse...

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    Game #1 at Houston

    Minute Maid Park | 7:05 p.m. EDT | Duke vs. Roy Oswalt | Box If they're all going to be like this one, the Bucs will be fun to watch in 2007. Zach Duke pitched well, his defense turned in a few big plays at crucial intervals in the game, and the...

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    Fifteen Years Worth of Opening Day Baseball

    If you're a fan of Grapefruit League baseball and you were fortunate enough to tune into a broadcast of any of the Pirates' spring games---especially those hosted by our opposition---there's a good chance you heard the streak mentioned early and often. As Pat said at MLB Fanhouse: I can't tell you they're...

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    The Management

    A brief look at the managers in the Pirates' minor league system : AAA INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS:� TRENT JEWETT� Trent Jewett is a 43 years old native of Texas.� He is a big Dallas Cowboys fan, and wears a Cowboys t-shirt under his baseball uniform.� He played for four seasons as a catcher in the...

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