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    Player Profile: Jesse Chavez

    JESSE CHAVEZ RHP --reliever Born: 8/21/1983 in Riverside, California Ht: 6' 2" Wt: 175 lbs. B: Right T: Right Jesse Chavez -- photo by Nancy Zinni (MVN) recap:

    Chavez was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2001, but elected not to sign at that point. After one year at...

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    Some random thoughts

    I heard a few things on the radio broadcast of Saturday’s Pirate game that I thought were interesting: Greg Brown stated that Doug Mientkiewicz is almost certain to make the Pirates’ 25-man roster. We have heard all spring that he was a long shot to make the team, needing to first prove...

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    Guzman's blast drops Pirates in ten innings

    The Pirates rallied for four ninth-inning runs to tie, but Freddy Guzman’s three-run home run gave the Tigers the 9-7 victory in ten innings. Kevin Thompson brought home two with a double during the ninth-inning comeback and Raul Chavez’s solo home run in the tenth gave the Pirates the lead. However, Casey...

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    Twins defeat Pirates

    Matt Morris allowed four third inning runs, and the Pirates fell to the Twins, 8-4. Morris cruised through two innings, but was hurt by the long ball in the third. Craig Monroe and Jason Kubel hit back-to-back home runs, and Morris finished with 78 pitches in three innings. Paul Maholm allowed two...

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    Pirates win afternoon game, nightcap rained out

    The Pirates defeated the Reds 13-8 yesterday afternoon in Sarasota. Freddy Sanchez was 3 for 5 with two RBI’s and is now hitting .391 on the spring. Jack Wilson was 2 for 3 with two RBI’s, raising his spring average to .400. Adam LaRoche was 2 for 4, leaving him at .417....

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    Player Profile: Jorge Velandia

    An old friend who is coming around again: JORGE VELANDIA Middle Infield Born: January 12, 1975 Caracas, Venezuela Ht: 5' 9" Wt: 185 lb B: Right T: Right Jorge Velandia has been playing professional baseball since he was 17 years old, when he signed as an undrafted free...

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    Let's play two

    The Pirates will play a split-squad doubleheader against the Reds today. John Van Benschoten will start the first game at 1:05 in Sarasota, while Paul Maholm will pitch in Bradenton at 7:05. Tonight’s game will be the first to be played under the lights in the 85-year history of McKechnie Field. The...

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    Gorzelanny roughed up as Pirates win

    The Pirates scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Blue Jays today, 8-7. Andrew McCutchen clinched the victory with a two-run single, and the team improved to 2-6 in Grapefruit League play. Tom Gorzelanny made his second start of the spring, and was sharp early. However,...

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    First Strikes

    Josh Sharpless -- photo by Nancy Zinni (MVN) The Pirates have made their first serious reassignments: C Carlos Maldonado and reliever Josh Sharpless (photo) have been sent to the minor league camp. Not particularly unexpected for either one of them. Maldonado had one at-bat in the Pirates' game on March 1st...

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    Pirates News and Notes – Contract talks with Snell

    The Pirates have reportedly contacted Ian Snell about a potential long-term contract. Financially, this is a smart move, as Snell’s salary will likely skyrocket once he reaches arbitration after this season. In addition, he has shown good durability, limiting risk to some extent. He has approached the team twice this offseason about...

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