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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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    A Touch of Tribe Trivia

    Opening Day is five weeks from today!

    To help pass the time, how about a little bit of trivia?� How much do you remember from the Indianapolis Indians' 2006 season?� Or from before that?� We'll start with some easy questions -- but no cheating!

    1. Who was the Indy Indians' MVP in 2006?

    2. Who...

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    Spring Training Game 2: Bucs/Reds Live Blog

    Final score: Cincinnati 9, Pittsburgh 7. 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. 3:39: Javy Guzman is thrown out at the plate. Fitting end to the game; sounded...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #19

    Question #1: Before the games get going, what is the ideal makeup of the Pirates' bullpen in your eyes? Wilbur Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: Carrying seven relievers is written in stone as long as Littlefield is GM, so I don’t even think about it any more. The loser of Armas/Chacon shouldn’t...

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    Prospect Profile: Steve Lerud

    Let's take a look at the real winner in the Neil Walker position change. No, not Humberto Cota. Steve Lerud, the Pirates' best catcher in Single A. Lerud was the Pirates' third-round draft pick in 2003, but as you can see, he hasn't exactly set the world on fire in the...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 5

    Continuing with the theme of whether bad trades made in assembling the 1979 team crippled the club in the mid-80s. The subject of today's post is possibly the worst trade made to acquire a player that played on the 1979 Pirates, the one that brought in Phil Garner. The Trade On March...

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    Big Country!

    How about a position player we're looking forward to seeing in Indianapolis? BRAD ELDRED �First Base Born: 7/13/80 in� Fort Lauderdale, Florida Ht. 6' 5"���� Wt. 275 lbs B: Right����� T: Right Eldred was the Pirates' 6th round draft pick in 2002, after he had played for four seasons at Florida International University.� In college, he was a...

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    Spring Training Game 1: Pittsburgh vs. Manatee CC

    The day we've been (sort of) waiting for has arrived; the Pittsburgh Pirates will play a (sort of) meaningful baseball game after an excruciatingly long winter. At 12:05, the pre-season officially gets underway as the annual beatdown of Manatee Community College takes place at McKechnie Field. According to Dejan in the Post-Gazette,...

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    Burnett looking for a stronger 2007

    Another pitcher who could be with the Indianapolis Indians in 2007 -- SEAN BURNETT LHP - starter born: 9/17/1982 in Dunedin, Florida Ht: 6' 1"�� Wt: 190 lb��������� B: Left�� T: Left Burnett was the Pirates' first round draft pick in 2000.� He had outstanding seasons in 2001 with the Hickory Crawdads and in 2002 with the...

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    Pirates in the News

    A quick rundown of what's being said about the Bucs around the Web: On MVN's Outsider Radio, Brandon and Dan talked about Freddy Sanchez' 2006 (and his possible position change), whether or not the Pirates will be decent this year, Pittsburgh's baseball sanctuary (PNC Park) and Skyblast. I even made a quick...

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