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    Pirates and Yankees to play under the lights

    The Pirates will play the first night game in McKechnie Field history when they face off against the Yankees tonight at 7:05. Matt Morris will start against Phil Hughes, with Phil Dumatrait, Byung-Hyun Kim and Damaso Marte also slated to pitch. Freddy Sanchez will make his first spring appearance in the field....

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    Pirates over/under number

    The Pirates over/under number (for wins) seems to be 68.5. I am not a gambler, but I think that we will be over that number of wins this year. What do you folks feel?... To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article...

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    Newcomer Ty Taubenheim

    Another starter new to the Pirates' organization TY TAUBENHEIM RHP -- starter B: 11/17/1982 in Bellingham, Washington Ht: 6' 6" Wt: 250 lb B: Right T: Right Ty Taubenheim was drafted by the Brewers in the 44th round of the 2002 draft. He began his pro career in 2003 with Helena...

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    Pirates win again

    The Pirates are working on a winning streak, after winning their third straight game today. The Bucs defeated the Reds 8-4 behind another capable starting pitching performance. Today it was Paul Maholm, who allowed three runs on three hits in five innings. Maholm’s only blemish was a three-run home run served up...

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    Van Benschoten demoted

    The Pirates sent John Van Benschoten to minor league camp today. Apparently, he would have been included in yesterday’s wave of cuts if not for a blister on his finger. The team wanted to make sure he was healthy before demoting him. This move leaves 39 players in Major League camp. The...

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    Romulo Sanchez: AA to MLB

    Another pitching prospect who is slated to pitch in Indianapolis in 2008: ROMULO SANCHEZ RHP -- reliever Born: 4/28/1984 in Carora, Venezuela Ht: 6' 5" Wt: 245 lbs B: Right T: Right Romulo Sanchez bypassed AAA entirely in 2007, going straight from the Altoona bullpen to the bullpen in Pittsburgh. ...

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    RIP Bob Purkey

    Former knuckleballer Bob Purkey has passed away. He was 73. Purkey was best known for his success with the Cincinnati Reds. He got his start in the Show with the Pirates, who traded him to Cincy following 1957 for pitcher Don Gross. While Purkey blossomed for the Reds, Gross was a semi-decent...

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    1960 Pirates Tribute Poem at KDKA.com

    Much like Seinfeld had rules for his own show (no hugging, no learning), I have a couple of rules that I generally don't break: 1. Don't make a post solely on a story written by someone else, whether it be John Perroto, Bob Smizik or any other columnist who covers the Pirates...

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    Monday Spring Training Games

    Brief notes on the Pirates' minor leaguers in today's games: Pirates 4, Blue Jays 1 Kevin Thompson and Jorge Velandia each had a single today, and Luis Rivas doubled and scored. Alex Presley came up from minor league camp for a cameo appearance in the big league game, though he struck out. ...

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    Pirates win behind Duke's strong performance

    The Pirates won their second consecutive game today, defeating the Blue Jays 4-1. Zach Duke had another promising outing, allowing only three singles in his five scoreless innings. Duke now has an ERA of 3.86 on the spring as he attempts to rebound from a disastrous 2007. Nate McLouth also continued his...

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