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    Team USA Wins First World Cup Game

    Team USA took advantage of a 3-run 5th inning to defeat Mexico 3-0 in their first World Cup tournament game. Team USA starting pitcher Jeff Karstens (Yankees) pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits and one walk, while striking out 2 Mexico batters. The bullpen continued the pattern, with Lee Gronkiewicz...

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    Pirates finally round out their front office staff

    Again, from the mothership: Huntington introduced Greg Smith as the Pirates' new scouting director, Kyle Stark as the team's next director of player development and Bryan Minniti as the director of baseball operation. ... Smith most recently served as a scout in the Tigers' organization. He's the new (and...

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    Desert Dogs Win 5th Straight

    AFL Desert Dogs 6, Javelinas 2 The Desert Dogs won their 5th straight game, and reliever Bob McCrory (Orioles) earned his 5th AFL save last night. The Desert Dogs opened the scoring in the third inning. Chris Getz (White Sox), Trevor Plouffe (Twins), and Drew Butera (Twins) led off with three consecutive singles,...

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    Russell's impact relatively insignificant

    Prior to the 2006 season, there was speculation that the Pirates would hire Jim Leyland as their new manager. The team had fired manager Lloyd McClendon near the end of the previous season, and Leyland was known to be interested in returning to the dugout. However, he ended up with Detroit, and...

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    Huntington writes us a letter: Russell is manager

    From the mothership: Dear Pirates fans: I am extremely excited to officially announce today that we have hired John Russell as the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. John's hiring is another significant step in the process of changing the culture of this organization to a culture of pride, passion and excellence....

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    Wrapping up the Weekend in Arizona and Mexico

    AFL: Desert Dogs 12, Peoria Javelinas 5 The Desert Dogs took advantage of a 6-run 4th inning to beat the Javelinas, and gave themselves a 2-run lead in the AFL Eastern division. Desert Dogs' starter Hayden Penn (Orioles) pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits. The first run...

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    Honu Clinch Division Title

    With 11 games yet to play in the season, the North Shore Honu have a 20-8 record, and an 11.5 game lead over the West Oahu Cane Fires. They clinched the title with a dramatic 8-7 win over the Waikiki Beach Boys on Saturday. The score bounced back and forth,...

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    Honu Happenings

    An update on the North Shore Honu of the Hawaiian Winter League: First, Jamie Romak is no longer with the Honu. As expected, he left to join the Canadian Baseball team for the World Cup tournament that begins next week. Team Canada has been playing some warm-up games in Australia. Alex Presley,...

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    Thirty-seven Pirates are minor-league free agents

    Baseball America released its list of minor-league free agents. Thirty-seven Pirates are now free to sign with any organization. Most players are eligible because they've served six years in the minors without being placed on the 40-man roster:

    • RHP: Richard Acosta, Basilio Alvarez, Kip Bouknight, Dewon Brazelton, Mark Corey,...

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    Pirates to announce new manager on Monday

    The Post-Gazette's Phil Axelrod says that "Frank Coonelly confirmed yesterday the Pirates plan to name a new manager at a news conference Monday." The Beaver County Times' John Perrotto speculates that Jim Tracy's successor might be John Russell, currently the manager of Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies' organization, and former Pirate...

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