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    Desert Dogs Win AFL East

    Catching up with the Desert Dogs' action this week: Nov 6th Scorpions 1, Desert Dogs 0 A pitching duel in the desert -- unfortunately, the Desert Dogs came out on the short end. Scorpions' starter Adam Bostick (Mets) pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3....

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    Team USA Surprised by Italy

    Team USA was taken by surprise today, losing to Italy by a score of 6-2. Team USA was held to 6 hits, and committed 3 errors. The Italians scored first, putting up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. With two outs, USA starter Josh Outman (Phillies)...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 16

    The Buccos were in it in 1982. They didn't win it, but they played meaningful games in September - something that the club has failed to do in recent times. And as Willie Stargell once said, "I love September, especially when we are in it." Pops retired following 1982. With a strong...

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    Team USA Takes Game 2

    Team USA 7, Panama 0 Team USA pitching held the Panamanians to only 4 hits as they combined for a shutout in their second win. Matt Wright (Royals) threw 6 innings, scattering 3 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts, to earn the win. Steven Shell (Angels), Chris Perez (Cardinals), and Jeff...

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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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