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Despite Slow Spring, Alvarez Likely Ticketed for Cleanup
March 19, 2013
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Despite Slow Spring, Alvarez Likely Ticketed for Cleanup

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez is not a March hitter. If he had to earn a job in Spring Training, he wouldn’t have one. That’s just the way it is with some players, especially those with some tenure who are comfortable with preparing for the season while oblivious to preseason stats. Also while looking at the...

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Catcher Sanchez Has Fan in Staff Ace Burnett
March 11, 2013
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Catcher Sanchez Has Fan in Staff Ace Burnett

BRADENTON, Fla. — Tony Sanchez swings open the door to the Pirates’ McKechnie Field clubhouse early Friday morning, paces to the bulletin board, noting camp activities for the next few days, and sees his name in Saturday’s lineup against the Twins. So far, routine. The catching prospect has been getting a lot...

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Marte Has Tools, Track Record to Thrive as Big Leaguer
March 11, 2013
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Marte Has Tools, Track Record to Thrive as Big Leaguer

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is an exciting, electric, multi-tooled player. Marte is good now. But he has even more upside. Now 24 years old, Marte has already played 47 games and has 182 plate appearances in a Pirates uniform. On July 26, 2012, Marte joined a small group of players with the distinction of...

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McCutchen, Both Sanchezes Go Deep to Sink Twins
March 10, 2013
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McCutchen, Both Sanchezes Go Deep to Sink Twins

Andrew McCutchen is hitting just .158 this spring, but ripped a two-run home run in the third inning. (Charlie Neibergall/AP) FORT MYERS, Fla. — Gaby Sanchez, Tony Sanchez and Andrew McCutchen all homered to help lead the Pirates to a 7-4 win over the Twins on Sunday at Hammond Stadium. Andrew Lambo provided the go-ahead...

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Burnett Pitches Into the Fifth in Solid Outing
March 09, 2013
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Burnett Pitches Into the Fifth in Solid Outing

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ray Olmedo’s second single of the game snapped a tie in the seventh inning Saturday and the Twins went on to a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Pirates. Olmedo’s single off Vin Mazzaro drove in Eduardo Escobar, who had doubled with one away. The Twins tied it at 1 in the fifth, as A.J. Burnett...

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