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Pirates’ Locke suffers setback

By | March 9, 2014 11:27 pm | 0 Comments


There were plenty of pleasant surprises on the Pirates last season. You can add pitcher Jeff Locke’s first-half performance to the list. He went 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA before the All-Star break, getting a spot on the NL team. After, however, it was a different story. Locke struggled, big time. He went 2-5 with… View Article

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Leyland doesn’t see a return to Pirates

By | March 7, 2014 11:45 pm | 0 Comments


Now that Jim Leyland has stepped down as manager of the Detroit Tigers, is there any chance he’ll be back working for the Pittsburgh Pirates in some capacity? If you’re a Pirates fan hoping for a happy reunion, you’ll be disappointed. Here’s what Leyland told the Tribune-Review: I really don’t want to come back to… View Article

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Pirates seem more interested in long term than 2014

By | March 2, 2014 8:25 am | 0 Comments


So, here it is March 2, and the Pirates still need a first baseman and a right fielder. At least I think so, if they’re serious about winning. The bench doesn’t look too solid either. And pitching? Well, if you were counting on A.J. Burnett, he’ll be pitching across state on a regular basis. But… View Article

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Pirates’ Hurdle talks about team’s goals (video)

By | February 21, 2014 12:19 am | 0 Comments


It’s great to see photos and video from sunny Florida and Arizona. Here’s Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talking about the team’s goals this spring: Your browser does not support iframes. – Rick Green

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Finally, spring is here

By | February 8, 2014 12:01 am | 0 Comments


What a beautiful thing to see … spring training photos.   The Diamondbacks have started working out in Arizona. That means spring is nearly here. The Pirates’ first full-squad workout is Feb. 12. The Indians’ pitchers and catchers report Feb. 11. The Tigers’ pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13.   – Rick Green

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Remembering Pirates’ great Kiner

By | February 7, 2014 12:07 am | 0 Comments


I’m too young to have seen Ralph Kiner play, but my dad saw him many times as a kid at Forbes Field. He said fans stayed until Kiner’s final at-bat, in hopes of seeing a home run. After Kiner’s at-bat, fans left in droves. Kiner was the only reason to watch the Pirates in those… View Article

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Are the Phils interested in Burnett?

By | February 1, 2014 11:23 pm | 0 Comments


Looks like there could be another team in play for the services of A.J. Burnett — the Phillies. Here’s a look at their potential interest:   – Rick Green

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Free-agent Friday: Burnett interested in playing?

By | January 31, 2014 2:15 pm | 0 Comments


There’s been some chatter lately that the widely held view of pitcher A.J. Burnett playing for the Pirates or retiring might not be the case. The Pirates passed on giving Burnett a qualifying offer in the offseason. They would have been on the hook for about $14 million, which isn’t bad for a pitcher coming… View Article

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Pirates sticking with slow approach

By | January 25, 2014 10:11 pm | 0 Comments


Expecting any big news from the Pirates before spring training? Me neither. From the sounds of team president Frank Coonelly, you won’t be seeing anything either. Coonelly, talking to Pittsburgh radio station 970AM, said: The game is about putting together a championship-caliber team on the field. It’s not about making splashes and headlines in December… View Article

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Pirates prospect watch: Gregory Polanco

By | January 18, 2014 10:26 pm | 0 Comments


Big things are expected of Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco. He and Jameson Taillon are the jewels of the minor league system. If Polanco lives up to the hype, what an outfield Pittsburgh could have with him, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. But that’s a discussion for another day. Here is Polanco talking about improving… View Article

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