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    Fearless (Meaning Wrong) Predictions for 2007

    Feel free to throw yours in as well. Pittsburgh Lumber Co.'s a blogocracy, opinions of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Obviously---because these ones are all off base and useless. Still, the only way to predict the unpredictable is to make off-the-wall prophecies. There's no time like Opening Day for boundless optimism....

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    Finale: Ten Things I Need to Know About the Pirates

    I've used this list of ten questions on a couple of occasions this spring; let's check in one last time to see if we learned anything about the Bucs. To make a long story short, I've excerpted my previous comments: You can find the original list here and the first update here....

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    Your 2007 Pirates

    Here it is, the Pittsburgh Pirates' 25-man roster. Chew on this for awhile; more pre-season pomp and circumstance to follow: # Name B/T Pos. 2007 ST Position Players 26 Ronny Paulino R/R C .500 BA 11 Humberto Cota R/R C .333 BA 41 Ryan Doumit S/R C/1B .286 BA, 1 HR 25...

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    Bob Smizik and the 1987 Pirates

    I'm somewhat optimistic about the 2007 Pirates to be respectable. But optimism for me is a birth defect. I can't do anything about it. So, I read with interest Bob Smizik's recent column comparing the 2007 Pirates with the 1987 Pirates. That 1987 club went on to win 80 games and give...

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    Rejoining the�Indians yesterday..... MARTY McLEARY pitcher born: 10/26/1974 in Kettering, Ohio Ht: 6' 3"��� Wt: 225 lb������� B: Right��� T: Right . Cincinnati Reds' radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman reported on the air this week that Marty McLeary introduced himself to Brennaman recently, and related that his parents, who lived in Ohio and were Reds' fans, named him "Marty"...

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    Kolb Cut, Bayliss In: Breaking Down the Pen

    Dejan dropped the ax this morning: Dan Kolb will not make the Pirates' bullpen. Management informed him late last night that it would not place him on the 25-man roster by the midnight deadline stipulated in his minor-league contract, and Kolb will exercise his right in that contract to declare free agency...

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    Spring Training Update: Bucs vs. Reds, Phils; Breaking Down the Cuts

    Yesterday, the Reds used back-to-back homers by Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion to beat Zach Duke and the Pirates, 6-4. Today, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell went back-to-back off Shawn Chacon. If you're a Post-Gazette subscriber, you know that the pre-season coverage is coming on full blast from now until Monday. For...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #27

    This is the 27th edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable, a bi-weekly collaboration of Pirates writers and thinkers from around the Internet. If you’d like to submit a question to our panel, or if you’re interested in learning more about participating, e-mail the moderator here. Question #1: If you were Dave Littlefield, what...

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    Panama Connection: Einar Diaz

    A back-up catcher from Panama:



    born: 12/28/1972� in Chiriqui, Panama

    Ht: 5' 10"�� Wt: 200 lb���������� B: Right��� T: Right


    Einar Diaz (pronounced ay-NAR) brings major league catching experience to the Indians.� He was first signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent in 1990.� He began his pro career in the...

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    Josh Sharpless

    Another Pittsburgh-area native�for the�Pirates... JOSH SHARPLESS relief pitcher born: 1/26/1981� in Beaver, Pennsylvania Ht:� 6' 5"���������Wt: 235 lb. B:�Right���� T:�Right . Josh Sharpless was selected by the Pirates in the 2003 draft.� He began his pro career with Williamsport that same season, and posted his first professional save on July 27th.� He finished the season with a 1-1 record...

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