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    Pirates’ Roster Moves: Release, Reassign, Retire

    Masumi Kuwata -- photo by Nancy Zinni (MVN)Less than one week to go before the start of the Pirates' major league season, and the roster shuffling continues: Legendary Japanese pitcher Masumi Kuwata (photo) formally retired after this afternoon's game. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described Kuwata's final...

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    Roster almost set

    The Pirates have made a flurry of cuts and other transactions in the past two days, and the final roster is nearly set. The last two players to be removed were Hector Carrasco, who was cut after today’s game, and Masumi Kuwata, who announced his retirement this afternoon. Here are the remaining...

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    Duke leads Bucs over Tigers

    Zach Duke led the Pirates both on the mound and in the box, and the Pirates beat the Tigers, 7-4. Duke allowed only one run on six hits in five innings, and also struck out five batters. Most of the K’s came against the bottom of the Tigers’ order, but he did...

  • Analysis
    Pirates’ Roster Moves: Release, Reassign, Retire

    Masumi Kuwata -- photo by Nancy Zinni (MVN)Less than one week to go before the start of the Pirates' major league season, and the roster shuffling continues: Legendary Japanese pitcher Masumi Kuwata (photo) formally retired after this afternoon's game. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described Kuwata's final...

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    Trading for Yates Makes No Sense

    It'd be pretty easy to write a post daily about how the Pirates current or previous regime could have done something better. While I can't disagree, after a while, it gets to be old reading the posts that question management's ability to manage. Let me add to the near constant barrage: why...

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    More roster moves as spring winds down

    The Pirates made several moves this morning, further narrowing down the final roster. Here are the changes: Traded minor league pitcher Todd Redmond to the Braves for right-handed reliever Tyler Yates Released Jaret Wright, Juan Perez and Byung-Hyun Kim Added Doug Mientkiewicz to the 40-man roster Designated Josh Wilson for assignment Reassigned...

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    Pirates defeat Twins, McLouth named starter

    Ian Snell was sharp in his final start of the spring, and the Pirates beat the Twins, 7-4. Snell struggled early, but settled down and finished with a line of two runs on six hits in six innings. His next start will be Opening Day on Monday in Atlanta. I caught bits...

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    Pirates add Rivas to roster

    The Pirates added Luis Rivas to their 40-man roster today, all but assuring that he will head to Atlanta with the team on Sunday. Rivas has played well this spring, and could start at second base if Freddy Sanchez has not yet recovered from shoulder soreness. To make room for Rivas, the...

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    Tuesday Roster Moves

    The Pirates have made more roster moves today. Non-roster-invitee INF Luis Rivas has been added to the Pirates' 40-man roster. That all but assures him a spot on the Opening Day roster. If Freddy Sanchez is still not able to play because of shoulder issues, Rivas would be the Pirates second...

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    Monday Update

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dejan Kovacevic went in-depth on the Pirates' roster this morning. Monday's game: Rays 13, Pirates 4 Jonel Pacheco had a single and scored for the Pirates, and played a bit in right field today. Keanon Simon also came over from the minor league camp and got into the game in...

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