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    Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Yankees

    First, let me start with some blog business by welcoming Tony Ferrante to the MVN baseball staff. You may be familiar with his work at The Confluence, which has also made the switch to Most Valuable Network. His opinions will be a fine addition to the Pittsburgh Lumber Co. Now, on to...

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    Great Bucs' news for a change; Marketing director resigns….

    What's up everyone. Great to be on board with Cory and Randy. Bucs' fans received the best news since the LaRoche trade recently. Tim Schuldt, the Bucs' chief marketing and sales director, resigned to take a similar position with Motorsports Authentics in Charlotte, N.C. Schuldt's department was responsible for such marketing slogan...

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    Spring Training Game 4: Bucs/Yanks Live Blog

    Final score: New York 4, Pittsburgh 3. 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. 3:45: Bautista pops to Cannizaro at second. Veras works the count to 0-2 on...

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    Prospect Profile: Andrew McCutchen

    There's enough info on McCutchen to write a decent-sized book, so I'll play the role of gatherer and bring it all together for you. I won't pretend to know more than the average fan (although I'll do something most Pittsburghers won't when I track Andrew down at Altoona this April): From

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    Favorite Live Moments at PNC

    Because I live so far away, I've only seen 14 games in person at PNC. Despite some poor Pirate teams, I've had decent luck when it comes to seeing things I'll always remember. Here are the most memorable things from each of those games. Bucs Test Vlad's Arm, Twice June 23, 2001...

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    Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Braves

    Just like yesterday: You can find the transcript of my live blog here, Dejan's story at the Post-Gazette here and the mothership's recap here. The Studs 1. John Smoltz, Atlanta Showed up with his Cy Young stuff. Pirates couldn't do anything against him. 2. Ian Snell, Pittsburgh Ditto. Didn't expect to see...

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    Tribe Trivia– answers

    If you haven't seen the questions yet, scroll down and read the questions first! 1.� Who was the Indy Indians' MVP in 2006? Carlos Maldonado-- He finished the season with .283 AVG, 6 HR, 47 RBI, including 24 multi-hit games and a 14-game hitting streak in July.� He had the top fielding percentage of...

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    On Nady's Colon

    Warning - more information than you might want to know about me ahead With Xavier Nady temporarily sidelined getting medical advice about his inflammed colon, I thought I'd chime in. Xavier, I feel your pain. He was scheduled to have a colonoscopy done and as a veteran of two of those procedures,...

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    Spring Training Game 3: Bucs/Braves Live Blog

    Final score: Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 4. 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. 3:54: Prado grounds to a drawn-in Walker at third, and Neil hurries an off-line throw...

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    Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Cincy

    If you missed the game, you can read my live blog here. Dejan has a summary up at that Post-Gazette, and the mothership posted a story, too. My take on the performances: The Studs 1. Luis Matos, Pittsburgh Matos hit two homers (one wind-aided, one not) in the first game of Grapefruit...

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