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    Game #141 vs. Chicago

    PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Rich Hill | Box Everything had a different vibe tonight. It's Friday. School is in. Dave Littlefield has been sent packing. And, thanks in large part to Tom Gorzelanny, the Pirates are 1-0 in the post-DL era. Gorzo allowed just one run on six hits...

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    Littlefield Fired: Where Do We Go From Here?

    As Randy noted earlier, Dave Littlefield was relieved of his duties as Pirates general manager today. I especially liked the open letter on Pirates.com titled "Chairman Nutting's letter to fans." This paragraph says it all: After eight months of listening and analyzing the situation, it has become clear that this decision was...

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    A Tale Of Two Starts

    Start #1 Zach Duke for the State College Spikes: Spikes 4, Scrappers 1 boxscore Zach Duke made a rehab start with the State College Spikes last night. The Spikes beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians' affiliate) 4-1, in their second-to-last game of the season. Duke went 5.2 innings, giving up...

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    Littlefield Gets Canned

    Well, what took them so long? And also, why now? Why not wait a couple of weeks? Some links to stories: AP Post-Gazette (thanks, Matt) Official Site - an open letter from Bob Nutting! Official Site - names director of player development Brian Graham as interim GM ... To continue reading the...

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    Ankiel Tainted? Profiling McCutchen, Site News

    There's not too much to say the morning after your three most recent pitching call-ups combine to allow 17 hits and 13 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.  We'll go with odds and ends on a dreary Friday morning in Pittsburgh before the Cardinals come up to bat again... Rick Ankiel,...

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    Pirates Prospect Profiles

    Here you can find an exhaustive list of player profiles featured on Sandlot Swashbucklers. Throughout the 2007 off-season, every minor-league Pirate will be examined and added to this archive. Charles Benoit, left-handed pitcher Brian Bixler, shortstop Jesse Chavez, right-handed pitcher Brad Corley, outfielder Jason Delaney, first base Shelby Ford, second...

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    Andrew McCutchen, Center Fielder, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen D.O.B.: October 10, 1986 Height: 5'11" Weight: 170 lbs. B/T: R/R Pos.: CF (OF) Draft: 1st round, 2005 (high school) Resources: PLC | SS | WTM | FI Pre-2007: He can run, he can hit, he can play defense. McCutchen has been considered the crown jewel of the Pirates' organization...

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    Crawdads Lose First Playoff Game

    boxscore The Hickory Crawdads lost their first game against the West Virginia Power (Brewers' affiliate) in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs, by a score of 12 - 2. The Crawdads put up 7 hits, including a home run by DH Bobby Kingsbury, and doubles by RF Jonel...

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    Game #140 at St. Louis

    Busch Stadium | 2:10 | Bullington vs. Mike Maroth | Box Not much went right for the Pirates Thursday afternoon. Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten and Dave Davidson---all recently recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis---combined to throw 5.1 innings, allowing 17 hits and 13 earned runs.   The game was sidetracked by nearly two hours...

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    Bullington Took Long Path to First Start in Bigs

    This year for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, B.J. Upton is hitting .314 with 22 home runs and 73 runs batted in over the course of 401 major-league at-bats. The 23-year-old super-utility player has stolen 16 bases and doubled 23 times. He is arguably the most potent weapon in a D-Ray system...

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