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    Four Days Left to Talk; Will Bucs Make a Move?

    I've been keeping an eye on rumor-centric sites (Tim Dierkes' is particularly good; I read one on Yahoo!, too), wondering when and if the Pirates are going to make a move this year. I think it's safe to say there are but three Pirates on the market:  Shawn Chacon, Salomon Torres and...

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    Game #101 at Phillies; Van Benschoten Returns

    Citizens Bank Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Moyer | Box Never have 6 hits and 4 walks over 2.1 innings looked so good. John Van Benschoten allowed the first three Phillies he faced to reach base, and I'm sure everyone wearing black and gold was wondering if he'd stick around...

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    Bullington, Herrera Moving in Opposite Directions?

    Two of the Pirates' prominent right-handed pitching prospects threw on Thursday night. Both put up similar lines, working into (and past) the sixth inning, allowing a lot of hits and maintaining a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio. I was curious to see how Bryan Bullington and Yoslan Herrera were progressing in the 2007 season,...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 15

    In 1981 the Pirates failed to win either half of the regular season and finished in last place in the second half with a sad 21-33 record. Both the offense and pitching finished near the middle of the NL pack in runs per game. The club acquired a new second baseman in...

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    Bucs Killed Kendall's Career Thru Overuse

    It's hard not to look at Jason Kendall's awful 2007 numbers and claim that such sharp drop isn't uncommon for catchers that are about his age. I'm hopeful he can turn it around in Wrigley, help the Cubs to the playoffs and be a post-season hero. But I doubt it. Kendall just...

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    Game #100 at Mets; Live Blog as Perez Faces Bucs

    Shea Stadium | 12:10 | Maholm vs. Oliver Perez | Box You didn't see this one coming. Don't lie. Oliver Perez was dominant through five and it looked like New York was well on its way to a series sweep. But Paul Maholm threw yet another quality start, shaky Mets defense opened...

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    Linebrink Deal Sets Value for Pirate Arms on Market

    Wednesday night, the San Diego Padres dealt relief pitcher Scott Linebrink, a coveted commodity on the trade market, to the Milwaukee Brewers for three minor-league arms. This isn't the type of trade that has much sex appeal, even though Linebrink's name had long been mentioned in talk surrounding the Red Sox and...

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    Will Steve Pearce’s Power Translate to Pittsburgh?

    I was looking at Steve Pearce's First Inning profile today, brimming with enthusiasm over the Pirates' first power-hitting prospect since Brad Eldred. I got to thinking about how Pearce's minor-league power will translate to PNC Park. Take a quick look at where Pearce pelts the pill. The chart comes courtesy...

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    Will Steve Pearce’s Power Translate to Pittsburgh?

    I was looking at Steve Pearce's First Inning profile today, brimming with enthusiasm over the Pirates' first power-hitting prospect since Brad Eldred. I got to thinking about how Pearce's minor-league power will translate to PNC Park. Take a quick look at where Pearce pelts the pill. The chart comes courtesy...

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    Game #99 at Mets

    Shea Stadium | 7:10 | Gorzelanny vs. Tom Glavine | Box The Pirates lost a game, yes, but that's not important. It's what else they may have lost that worries me the most. Tom Gorzelanny left tonight after 2.1 innings having allowed 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 earned runs. It was...

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