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    Bay, McCutchen Lead Black and Gold Tier Chart

    At season's end, I'd like to be able to put together a listing of the Pirates' top prospects. Lately, I've been catching up with our minor-league catchers and infielders, outfielders and starting pitchers at Sandlot Swashbucklers, and I've become increasingly interested with our work on the farm. Today, I've taken a near-fantasy...

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    Indians Lose to Bats’ Bats

    boxscore (Photos by NancyZ) Michael Tejera -- photo by NancyZ A six-run 5th inning sealed the Indianapolis Indians' fate tonight at Victory Field, as the Louisville Bats blasted to a huge lead on a grand slam by Bats' right fielder Jeff Bannon. The Bats went on to win by a...

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    Game #117 vs. New York

    PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Orlando Hernandez | Box The bullpen faltered and the Pirates offense was unable to jump on Hernandez who walked five and tossed 130 pitches in just six innings of work. Each of the first three hitters got on base three times each. But Jason Bay...

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    Indians Lose to Bats’ Bats

    boxscore (Photos by NancyZ) Michael Tejera -- photo by NancyZ A six-run 5th inning sealed the Indianapolis Indians' fate tonight at Victory Field, as the Louisville Bats blasted to a huge lead on a grand slam by Bats' right fielder Jeff Bannon. The Bats went on to win by a...

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    Pirates Hope to Play Spoiler Role Against Mets

    Last September, the Mets came into town with a chance to clinch a division title. The Pirates weren't having any of it, sweeping New York in arguably the most exciting three-game set I've attended at PNC Park. Today's series won't have that same feel---I doubt thousands of Met fans will make the...

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    Games #115 and #116 vs. San Francisco

    PNC Park | 5:05 | Maholm vs. Cain | Youman vs. Lowry | Box Game 1 | Box Game 2 Hard to argue with winning four of five. Paul Maholm tossed a complete game dandy in the first game. The Bucs got to Matt Cain with three runs in the first inning,...

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    Steigerwald Exposes Bonds as the Scum He Is

    After playing a three-game set in San Francisco over the weekend, the Pirates and Giants have flown cross-country to make up two rained out contests. The Pittsburgh Baseball Club will welcome Barry Bonds with open arms tonight, having planned a video tribute to the expatriated slugger to celebrate his breaking of the...

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    Few Gems in Pirates’ Minor-League Rotations

    As I did for the Pirates? catchers and infielders last Tuesday and outfielders on Thursday, I?m here to provide an update of sorts on the progression of our minor-league starting pitchers. Beginning with Indianapolis and ending with State College, I?ll list each affiliate's rotation and try to separate the legitimate talent...

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    Van Benschoten Has a Strong Outing in Win

    boxscore (photos by NancyZ) John VanBenschoten  --photo by NancyZ For the second day in a row, the Indianapolis Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens battled in a well-pitched game. This time, though, the Indians came out ahead, beating the Mud Hens by a score of...

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