Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates' minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams.

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Tuesday August 2 -- Altoona Curve

I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the Marauders and some others that skipped that level. I was treated to a great game that the Curve won 11-3 (on the same night the Pirates were losing 11-5). Here's a quick summary of the players in that game:

Phil Irwin, starting pitcher: Irwin was solid but unspectacular. He did not hit 90 on the scoreboard gun, which I believe is about 2 MPH slow. At times, he wa...

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