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    RIP Bob Purkey

    Former knuckleballer Bob Purkey has passed away. He was 73. Purkey was best known for his success with the Cincinnati Reds. He got his start in the Show with the Pirates, who traded him to Cincy following 1957 for pitcher Don Gross. While Purkey blossomed for the Reds, Gross was a semi-decent...

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    1960 Pirates Tribute Poem at KDKA.com

    Much like Seinfeld had rules for his own show (no hugging, no learning), I have a couple of rules that I generally don't break: 1. Don't make a post solely on a story written by someone else, whether it be John Perroto, Bob Smizik or any other columnist who covers the Pirates...

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    Monday Spring Training Games

    Brief notes on the Pirates' minor leaguers in today's games: Pirates 4, Blue Jays 1 Kevin Thompson and Jorge Velandia each had a single today, and Luis Rivas doubled and scored. Alex Presley came up from minor league camp for a cameo appearance in the big league game, though he struck out. ...

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    Pirates win behind Duke's strong performance

    The Pirates won their second consecutive game today, defeating the Blue Jays 4-1. Zach Duke had another promising outing, allowing only three singles in his five scoreless innings. Duke now has an ERA of 3.86 on the spring as he attempts to rebound from a disastrous 2007. Nate McLouth also continued his...

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    Pirates cut Pearce, nine others

    As expected, the Pirates sent ten players to minor league camp today, and right fielder Steve Pearce was among them. Pirate management has maintained all offseason that Pearce would start at Triple-A to accumulate at-bats, but many fans were holding out hope that he would make the team as the starting right...

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    MLB.tv bleg

    To help out with some of the game recaps and to watch my beloved Buccos, I am thinking about subscribing to MLB.tv this season so I can watch the games on line. I'm wondering if anyone out in the Piratenet (or the internet in general) have used the service and would like...

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    Monday Morning Cuts

    The Pirates have made more roster moves this morning, sending another 10 players to the minor league camp. Most of these, if not all, will begin the 2008 season with the Indianapolis Indians. From the 40-man roster: OF Steve Pearce SS Brian Bixler RHP Bryan Bullington RHP Ty Taubenheim From the Non-Roster Invitees: RHPTJ Beam RHPBrian Rogers RHPMarino Salas 3B Neil...

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    In Relief: Dave Davidson

    Another Canadian to watch: DAVE DAVIDSON RHP -- reliever Born: 4/23/1984 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada Ht: 6' 1" Wt: 195 lb B: Left T: Left Dave Davidson was drafted out of high school by the Pirates in the 10th round of the 2002 draft. He signed in mid-August and so began...

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    Bucs and Snell agree to a deal

    This is some good news. It looks like they bought out Snell's arbitration years and there is a club option for the next two years. I didn't see any monetary terms in the article. If you know any feel free to comment away. This is what we should be doing, identifying the...

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    Concerns about the offense

    As I have mentioned before, I am not a big believer of the stats that you see in spring training. But, with half of the spring games gone I'm starting to get a little worried about how this offense is shaping up, or should I say not shaping up. After reading the...

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