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    Top Dogs in the Desert

    The Phoenix Desert Dogs took 10 innings to do it, but they beat the Scottsdale Scorpions 3-2 yesterday, to retake first place in the Eastern Division of the AFL. Chris Hernandez earned his first win for the Desert Dogs, and maintained his 0.00 ERA by pitching a scoreless top of the...

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    Team USA Heads for Taiwan

    WORLD CUP - TEAM USA Team USA is in Taiwan now for the IABF World Cup tournament. Their first game will be on Wednesday Nov 7th, against Mexico. Read about the starting rotation at usabaseball.com. Yesterday, in their last AFL game, Team USA beat the Peoria Saguaros 3-0. Team USA pitching was...

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    Catching up with Pirate prospects in fall leagues

    Many Pittsburgh Pirates (and Pirate prospects) are playing fall ball this season, and for daily coverage of their progress, you're better off checking out Nancy Zinni's great work at Sandlot Swashbucklers, Pittsburgh Lumber Co.'s sister site. Not only does Nancy track the AFL, but she's been keeping up with Neil Walker in...

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    Bixler Named USA Starting Shortstop; AFL, MPL

    Team USA manager Davey Johnson has decided on his starters for the upcoming pre-Olympic tournament, and the starting shortstop is going to be Pirates' prospect Brian Bixler. Yesterday, Team USA continued their current win streak by beating the Surprise Rafters 5-3. Steve Pearce and Delwyn Young (Dodgers) led the attack, each...

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    Where were the Pirates headed under Dave Littlefield?

    It is a widely held belief that the old Pittsburgh regime (Kevin McClatchy, Dave Littlefield, etc.) operated without a plan. This was not entirely true. Their plan was simple: assume the current players on the team would get better as time passed. They were desperately hoping that the team could squeeze out...

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    Trading Jason Bay: Name your price for our LF

    As the hot stove season progresses, the Pirates could---and should---be active in the trade market. We have a number of commodities that might be near their peak value, and a smart general manager (which we hope Neal Huntington is) would do well for himself by selling at a high point. One such...

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    AFL Hauntings

    Haunting the AFL.... Monday Oct 29th Surprise Rafters 2, Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 The Desert Dogs have been struggling in the past week. Jason Delaney's two hits and one hit each by Nyjer Morgan and Andrew McCutchen were not enough to overcome the Rafters. Morgan's single started the game in the top of the first...

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    Mazatlan: Walker Es Muy Bueno

    Neil Walker is heating things up with Los Venados de Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League. He currently has a 12-game hitting streak, and has gone 17-for-46 (.370) in those 12 games. His overall average stands at .339, with 21 hits, 5 doubles, 3 homers, and 9 RBI in...

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    Armas a free agent

    Tony Armas, a free agent flop with the Pirates in 2007, has decided to become a free agent. Armas declined a $5 million mutual option for 2008, an option that certainly would not have been picked up by the team. The Pirates must pay him a $500,000 buyout.... To continue reading the...

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    Delaney Up for a “Chat”

    Jason Delaney is scheduled to participate in a web chat for mlb on Tuesday (Oct 30) at noon ET/10 am MT. The Desert Dogs' first baseman will be answering question for fans who are registered for the chat. Go to this mlb page to register for the chat. UPDATE: It was...

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