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Early in the season, many were questioning the play of Freddy Sanchez at second base. His range was poor, most likely the result of a spring training knee injury, and some felt that the Pirates would be better off starting Jose Castillo in his place. In addition, Sanchez was not hitting much better than Castillo was. The extra-base hits from 2006, most notably the league-leading 53 doubles, were nonexistent. The .344 batting average from the previous season was a distant memory.
In the first half of 2007, Jack Wilson was performing pretty much as expected. He was not contributing much at the plate, but was doing a...

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