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Jul 09

Game 89: Nova ready for some rest

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner CHICAGO — RHP Ivan Nova will begin the second half of the season at the back end of the rotation, which means he will get lots of rest before his next start on July 18 against the Brewers. “I’ve worked a lot,” Nova said. “But I work out enough

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Jul 08

Game 88: A team of imperfect fits

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner I got to thinking about that over coffee this morning as I read an email from Trib reader Jim Lersch: “One story not being told is the disappointment that is Josh Bell. At the plate, he is the second coming of Pedro Alvarez. In the field, he is the

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Jul 07

Game 87: Time for a surge

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images CHICAGO — The Pirates need a surge. Going into this afternoon’s game vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Pirates are 40-46, seven games behind the first-place Brewers (!!) and 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Reds. Over their past 25 games, the Pirates

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Jul 01

Game 81: June surge didn’t surprise McCutchen

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner On May 17, a few hours before the Pirates played the Nationals, I chatted for a bit with Andrew McCutchen about his batting slump. He was batting .206 with a .670 OPS  and seemed in danger of having his season spiral out of control. However, McCutchen

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Jun 25

Game 76: Mercer powers up

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images ST. LOUIS — Jordy Mercer took some good-natured ribbing from his teammates about his postgame workout habits on Saturday. Whatever routine Mercer is using, it’s working. He smacked his seventh homer — a two-run shot in the fourth off Lance

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Jun 24

Game 75: Polanco flashes skills in right field

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images ST. LOUIS — I wondered briefly if Gregory Polanco was injured when he failed to run out a ground ball in the sixth inning last night. He hit a bouncer to the right side and third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was shifted, snagged the ball and threw

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Jun 20

Game 71: First wave of draft signings announced

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner MILWAUKEE — The Pirates signed nine draft picks, all former college players: C Jason Delay (fourth round, Vanderbilt), C Deon Stafford (fifth, St. Joseph’s), OF Jared Oliva (seventh, Arizona), LHP Blake Weiman (eighth, Kansas), OF Bligh Madris

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Jun 17

Game 68: Polanco’s slump deepens

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photos by Christopher Horner As Polanco struggles to pull out of his funk, manager Clint Hurdle said he might go the route he went with Andrew McCutchen — putting Polanco on the bench for a day or two, maybe dropping him in the batting order. “We’re still putting

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