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Bucs Bounce Back, Down Dodgers 6-3

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The Pittsburgh Pirates reversed a series of recent struggles last night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3, with a three-run rally in the seventh inning providing the margin of victory.

Cueto Stifles Pirates, Ks 12 in 4-0 Shutout

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In a rematch of starters from last year's NL Wild Card game, Reds' starter Johnny Cueto dominated, amassing a career-high 12 strikeouts on his way to a complete game shutout.

Pirates sign Chris Dickerson

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A new contender has emerged for the Pirates' outfield competition this spring. What does Dickerson bring to the table as a possible member of the team's bench?

Clint Hurdle Wins NL Manager of the Year

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The BBWAA has selected Clint Hurdle as National League Manager of the Year. Hurdle nearly posted a clean sweep, winning 25 of a possible 30 first-place votes in the wake of the Pirates' 2013...

Liriano Performs With Bat, Arm, as Bucs Crush Cubs

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The Pirates swiped a win against Chicago today, as a delayed double steal provided the winning run in a 6-2 victory against the Cubs. Francisco Liriano collected a hit and an RBI in a complete-game...

Pirates scouting HS 1B Carter Austin

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Draft season is upon us, and a local report links the Pirates to a high school player from New York. Will he be part of the 2013 draft class?

Enjoy Historical Scouting Reports via MLB HOF

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Ever wondered what pro scouts thought about past Pirates stars and scrubs? The Hall of Fame's new "Diamond Mines" online exhibit has all the answers you need.

Some Thursday night links, because why not?

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This post contains a tasty melange of various news items of interest to Pittsburgh Pirates fans, most of which involve the root of all evil: money. Plus one to grow on.

Jose Bautista Does a Reddit AMA

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In case you aren't familiar with Reddit, "AMA" is an abbreviation for "ask me anything". It's a thread in which the subject answers questions from the userbase, a group interview of sorts. He had a few nice things to say about Pittsburgh, so I thought it might be of interest to people here.

Pirates sign Roman Colon, Brett Carroll

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Brett Carroll and Roman Colon are the two newest additions to the Pirates organization. What can we expect from both men in 2013?

Bucs Dugout Fantasy League

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We're running a Yahoo fantasy league this year. Details inside.

Liriano to Sign Minor League Contract?

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Francisco Liriano's contract still hasn't been finalized, and new information today suggests that he might not even receive a major league deal.

Six Current Pirates to Play in 2013 WBC

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Six current members of the Pirates' 40-man roster were selected for participation in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, as well as numerous current prospects and former members of the organization....

Twins sign Mike Pelfrey for 1 year, $4 million

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Another of the Pirates' reported targets this offseason has left the market. What does Pelfrey's new contract suggest about the decision to non-tender Jeff Karstens?

Rule 5 Draft Guide, 2012

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The Rule 5 Draft is finally here. Which players could your team be taking later this morning, and what can you expect from them next year?

Pirates add 5 to 40-man roster

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The Pirates' 40-man roster now stands at 39 players following the addition of catchers Ramon Cabrera and Tony Sanchez, starting pitcher Phil Irwin, and relief pitchers Victor Black and Hunter...

Pirates-Themed Bank Robbery in Jamestown

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Which member of our local nine plundered the bank vault? From the surveillance camera photos, our mystery suspect looks like a dead ringer for Charlie Morton, but the witness descriptions of him as about 5'10" and 160 lbs would tend to rule that out. He's got too much chin to be Alex Presley. Maybe Brock Holt?

Fangraphs: Assessing Jeff Karstens’s Value

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I think the comparison to Villanueva is fairly insightful.

NPB Tracker: 2013 Free Agents

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There are a couple of Japanese imports this year who might be of interest, depending on their price. In related news, Korea's Hanwha Eagles have decided to make starter Hyu-Jin Ryu available through the posting system.

A gay former Minor League pitcher talks about life in pro baseball’s closet

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This is a very interesting piece about John Dillinger, a former Pirates draftee and minor leaguer from Connellsville, who spent one year on the team's 40-man roster. He retired in 2005, and decided to come fully out of the closet after reading about Kevin McClatchy doing the same.

BA's 2012 Draft Report Cards: Pittsburgh Pirates

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BA's annual draft review has finally gotten around to the NL Central, and thus, the Pirates. There's nothing earth-shaking here in the descriptions of the draftees, though Manuel does have some nice things to say about Barnes, Moroff, Gaffney, and Sampson, among others. The piece also indicated that before picking Appel, the Pirates had a pre-draft deal in place with David Dahl. I thought that was an interesting note - it had been reported on draft day that the Pirates were focusing on Dahl, but I believe this is the first published report that they had actual financial parameters in place for a deal. C'est la vie...

BA: Gregg Ritchie Talks About Reasons for Leaving Pirates

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It seems like this was amicable, and has been in the works for a while.

Iannetta Signs Three-Year Extension With Anaheim

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There has been speculation about Iannetta as a possible trade target for the Pirates, going back to his time in Colorado. This news ought to put a damper on that speculation. It also makes it more likely that the Angels will be willing to move Hank Conger, if we have any interest in him.

Jay Bell Reflects on his Career

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Nice little interview from Deadspin.

What's Wrong With Being Organization of the Year?

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Dejan Kovacevic writes that some fans want the team to "win Organization of the Year from Baseball America". Why does he think that's a bad thing?

Gift Ngoepe Will Play for South Africa in 2012 WBC Qualifiers

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No big surprise here, since he was one of the better players on South Africa's 2009 WBC team, but it's still a nice honor for Gift and something for us to keep an eye on.

Danny Arribas Makes Dutch National Team

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The 2012 European Baseball Championship begins today, and the roster released yesterday by the Dutch national team includes Pirates catching prospect Danny Arribas. Arribas's selection represents something of a changing of the guard behind the plate for the Dutch team, following the retirement of longtime international stalwart Sidney de Jong. This year's tournament is being held in Rotterdam, and the Dutch haven't missed a final since 1967, so plenty of eyes will be on the 19-year-old Arribas, who hit .308/.387/.388 with the Pirates' affiliate in the DSL this year and threw out 40% of the runners attempting to steal against him. Other members of this year's Dutch team with Pittsburgh connections include former Pirates infielder Yurendell de Caster and 2012 farmhand Shairon Martis. Rick van den Hurk probably also would have been selected, if Indianapolis had not made the playoffs. The Netherlands will face Belgium in their first game today at 7:30 p.m. local time (a.k.a. 1:30 in the afternoon Eastern, if I did the math right).

cliff jordan (chicago, il): It's been fun to see Brock Holt shoot up the ladder and then get 4 hits...

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cliff jordan (chicago, il): It's been fun to see Brock Holt shoot up the ladder and then get 4 hits last night in a Bucco win. Since he's blocked at 2nd base, 3rd base, and the outfield (hard to believe I'm saying this about the Pirates!), does he have a chance to play major league average shortstop? Thanks. Jim Callis: Maybe, though he's probably best suited to be a utilityman. Baseball America: Prospects Chat With Jim Callis, 09/05/2012
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