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    Freddy cleared to play

    Freddy Sanchez received some good news today, as Dr. James Andrews confirmed that there is no structural damage in Freddy’s sore shoulder. The injury is simply inflammation, and he will resume throwing as the pain subsides. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day, one week from today in Atlanta. This...

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    Pirates news and notes: Roster taking shape

    Dejan Kovacevic returns to spring training, and immediately sheds some light on the roster situation. He has Ryan Doumit, Doug Mientkiewicz, Chris Gomez, Luis Rivas and Nyjer Morgan on the bench, with Nate McLouth starting in center. Josh Wilson would be added to the roster if Freddy Sanchez begins the season on...

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    The Management: 2008

    A brief look at the Pirates' minor league affiliates' managers: (the 2007 managers are reviewed here)

    TRENT JEWETT -- Indianapolis Indians Jewett, a 44-year-old Texas native, is returning for his 4th season at the helm of the Indians. He was a catcher in the Pirates' minor league system before moving to...

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    Pirates down second-string Yankees

    Paul Maholm shut down a Yankees lineup that was missing names like Jeter, Rodriguez and others, and the Pirates won, 8-0. Maholm went six shutout innings, allowing only two hits. He did walk three while only striking out two. Jaret Wright, Sean Burnett and Byung-Hyun Kim each added a perfect inning of...

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    Podcast Episode #1 – Spring Training Thoughts

    Matt and I sat down and put together a podcast late last week. It's not up on iTunes yet, but you can listen to it over at Blubrry for the time being. Due to our schedules, Matt, Randy and I will probably be doing the podcast on a monthly basis. This episode...

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    John Van Benschoten: One More Option

    John Van Benschoten -- photo by Nancy Zinni (MVN) Another pitcher making a return visit to Indianapolis: JOHN VAN BENSCHOTEN RHP --Starter B: 4/14/1980 San Diego, California Ht: 6' 4" Wt: 225 lb B: Right T: Right John Van Benschoten was the first round draft pick by the Pirates in 2001, and he began his pro...

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    Pirates News and Notes: Sanchez's pain continues

    Freddy Sanchez had a setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery during yesterday’s loss to the Reds. He did not make any throws during the game, but was very discouraged afterwards. “It just doesn't feel right. It's frustrating. I'm very concerned now.” That quote is very disheartening, and leads me to believe...

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    The Big Three

    Three players who will be starting the season in Indianapolis, and making for a very interesting team -- the guys at The Pittsburgh Lumber Company, and Cory on this site last fall, have previewed and profiled these three, so we'll make this a quick look. STEVE PEARCE Outfield Born: 4/13/1983 in Lakeland, Florida Ht:...

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    The Big Three

    Three players who will be starting the season in Indianapolis, and making for a very interesting team -- the guys at The Pittsburgh Lumber Company, and Cory on this site last fall, have previewed and profiled these three, so we'll make this a quick look. STEVE PEARCE Outfield Born: 4/13/1983 in Lakeland, Florida Ht:...

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    Morris, Kim hit hard in loss

    The powerful Yankees’ lineup terrorized Matt Morris last night, scoring eight runs on 13 hits in his four innings. Aided by a shaky Yankee defense, the Pirates fought back and took a 9-8 lead. But Byung-Hyun Kim’s struggles continued, as he allowed four runs and two home runs in the eighth inning....

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