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    The first “reassignments”

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporting the first "reassignments" from big league camp to the minor league camp: Bryan Bullington and John Van Benschoten were assigned to AAA�Indianapolis. Yoslan Herrera and Micheal Tejera were assigned to AA Altoona. Brad Lincoln, Kip Bouknight, Steve Lerud, and David Parrish were also�sent to the minor league camp, but not specifically...

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    Herrera, Van Benschoten Among First Cuts

    The Post-Gazette has reported that Yoslan Herrera and John Van Benschoten were among the Pirates first cuts of Spring Training. Neither had impressed in limited duty. Herrera gaved up three earnies in one inning of work. Van Benschoten got just one out and surrendered three runs. Also clipped were Bryan Bullington, Brad...

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    Spring Training Game 7: Bucs/Phils Live Blog

    Final Score: Phillies 11, Pirates 10. If you’re reading the log after the conclusion of the game, you’re going to want to start from the bottom and scroll to the top. I’ll provide a recap later tonight. 4:34: Ballgame. 4:33: MRI already back on Freddy. No tear, just a sprain. Day to...

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    Carlos Maldonado — 2006 Indians’ MVP

    Here is an Indy Indians' player who has NOT missed the past season or two due to injury or surgery-- a closer look at last year's MVP. CARLOS MALDONADO Catcher born: 1/3/79 in Maracaibo, Venezuela ht: 6' 2" wt: 180 lb B: Right ...

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    Pulling for Eldred

    I will unabashedly admit that I want Brad Eldred to make the team. He'll be 27 during this season and probably won't ever be a superstar. But is there anybody in camp this year who has been more overlooked than he? I say no. After hitting 38 homers in high A and...

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    Carlos Maldonado — 2006 Indians’ MVP

    Here is an Indy Indians' player who has NOT missed the past season or two due to injury or surgery-- a closer look at last year's MVP. CARLOS MALDONADO Catcher born: 1/3/79�� in Maracaibo, Venezuela ht: 6' 2"��� wt: 180 lb������� B: Right��� T: Right Maldonado has played 11 years of professional baseball.� He was first signed...

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    Spring Training Game 6: Bucs/Jays Thoughts

    I missed the broadcast of this one, but you can find a box score here and Dejan's Post-Gazette writeup here. Like the 2002 All-Star game, today's exhibition ended in a tie after the teams ran out of pitchers. The game was knotted at eight after 10 innings. My impressions: If Eldred hits...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #20

    Question #1: Does Jim Tracy's managerial style mesh well with the Pirates' personnel? Steve from The Parrot: Yes, I believe it does. There seems to be a familiarity between Tracy and the players this spring, and every quote I’ve read from the manager has been very positive so far. He does seem...

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    Johnny V

    Back to looking at possible/likely Indianapolis Indians for 2007 JOHN VAN BENSCHOTEN born 4/14/1980� in San Diego, California ht: 6' 4"��� wt: 215 lb.������ B: right����� T: right Van Benschoten ( pronounced Van BEN-sko-tin) was the Pirates' first round draft choice in 2001.� Like Brad Eldred, Van Benschoten was a hitter in his college career, at...

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    Spring Training Game 5: Bucs/Reds Thoughts

    Not a true live blog today, but I'll give a few thoughts as I listen to the game off and on: Homer Bailey's on the hill today for the Reds. Give the kid the fifth starter's job. He, Arroyo and Harang will be a solid triumvirate next year. Shawn Chacon for the...

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