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Pirates sign Rick VandenHurk

RHP Rick VandenHurk signed with the Pirates after electing free agency following an outright assignment by the Indians. — Matt Eddy (@eddymk) April 11, 2012 Matt Eddy from Baseball America reports that the Pirates have signed pitcher Rick VandenHurk to a minor league deal. VandenHurk has been used mainly as a starter but will be

 
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Matt Hague makes club; Roster set at 25

Going into today, there were 28 players who were still with the Pirates and one of those players, Juan Cruz, was not on the 40-man roster. Just about everything played out the way we all though, but there were some surprises on the moves made. A.J. Burnett and Charlie Morton were both placed on the

 
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Pirates option Daniel Moskos to AAA

LHP Daniel Moskos has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 3, 2012   Daniel Moskos put together a solid spring, but Tony Watson will be given the spot as the lone left-hander in the bullpen this year. Moskos had a 1.00 ERA over nine innings with nine strikeouts and five walks.

 
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Jake Fox among four cut from ML camp

Last night I wrote that I believed Jake Fox should make the club out of Spring Training. Apparently, the Pirates did not agree with me as he was assigned to minor league camp today along with Nick Evans, Eric Fryer, and Ryota Igarashi. The move leaves the Pirates with their two catchers in Rod Barajas

 
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Pirates cut 4 players from camp

The Pirates cut 1B Jeff Clement, OF Brandon Boggs, P Tim Wood, and P Daniel Cabrera from Major League camp this morning. There really aren’t any surprises out of this bunch. Boggs and Wood were the two out of the four that had an outside chance at making the club (very outside chance). Boggs was

 
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Marte among 5 cut and why it’s a good move

The #Pirates have optioned Gorkys Hernandez, Starling Marte, Kyle McPherson, Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson to Triple-A Indianapolis — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 18, 2012 The Starling Marte topic has been discussed ad nauseam, so I won’t go into much detail on it, but it does have to be said that the Pirates are definitely

 
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