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    Game #111 at Arizona

    Chase Field | 9:40 | Snell vs. Doug Davis | Box After the first inning, it was all Doug Davis. He yielded a two run homer to Jason Bay in the first and that was about it. The Bucs hit into three double plays to help kill off whatever chance they had....

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    Pirate Minor Leaguers are a Welcome Diversion

    I'm having a hard time getting excited about the 2007 version of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club.  The shine that came from a winning second half in 2006 wore off long ago, and our marginal players are being exposed as weak spots in a rebuilding franchise. For the past couple of weeks, I've...

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    Pirate Affiliates Have Interesting Outfielders

    As I did for the Pirates' catchers and fielders on Tuesday, I'm here to provide an update of sorts on the progression of our outfield prospects. Last time, I went position by position listing the most interesting sandlot swashbucklers. Today, I'm going to sort each section by affiliate: Starting with...

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    Indy Indians: Ka-BOOM!

    boxscore (photos by NancyZ) Don Kelly -- photo by NancyZ Did you hear some booming noises tonight, when there were no thunderstorms in sight? And did those booms seem to come from the south (if you were in central Indiana)? That might have been the Indianapolis...

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    Game #110 at Arizona

    Chase Field | 9:40 | Maholm vs. Byung-Hyun Kim | Box 14 walks total in the game. Neither starter pitched well. Paul Maholm took the loss by giving up six runs. Only four of them were earned, but the error that allowed unearned runs was his own. He was staked to the...

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    Van Benschoten and Indians Earn the Win

    boxscore (photos by NancyZ, except where otherwise specified) Defense made the difference for the Indians tonight, as John Van Benschoten led the Tribe to victory tonight, beating the Louisville Bats 2-1 at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky. Van Benschoten struck out 6 batters while giving up only 6...

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    The Bucs Should Have Tinkered with Rajai Davis

    Congratulations are in order for Barry Bonds, of course, as the former Pirate passed Hank Aaron in baseball's record books last night. I won't say much more about that---there's plenty of coverage all over the network---but I'll tip my cap in Barry's direction and thank him for allowing me to watch history...

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    Game #109 at Arizona

    Chase Field | 9:40 | Gorzelanny vs. Micah Owings | Box First things first: congrats to Barry Lamar Bonds. Ladies and gentleman: Tom Gorzelanny has returned! The Bucco hurler was strong in seven innings. He allowed just four hits and two walks while whiffing nine. One of the four hits was Justin...

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    Pirates’ True Prospects are Few and Far Between

    I figure it's about time to provide an update of sorts on the progression of our prospects. I've gone affiliate by affiliate to see who's been earning playing time where. The result is the organizational depth chart that follows. Each position table features the most promising player from each of the Pirates' top...

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    Pirate Fans: What is Your PNC Park Routine?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will play 54 more baseball games this season. Exactly one-third of the schedule remains. If you're like me, you could use a breather---maybe a week's worth of rainouts, or a few Steelers games---to break up the monotony. I'm just not that excited watching games right now. Rather than write...

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