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Russell was relieved of his duties after a 57-105 season, the third-highest loss total in team history. He was 186-299 in his three years as manager.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have relieved John Russell of his duties as the team's manager, general manager Neal Huntington announced today.

10/04/2010 - 10:57
Tony DeFazio
It may have been more complicated than they expected, but the Pirates drafted Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez with the second overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft and signed him to a then-team record (for a draft pick) $6.4 million contract.

After nearly two seasons of dominating in the minors, Alvarez was called up to the big leagues on June 16, 2010. During his rookie season he had his ups—four homeruns in two games in July; a m

09/29/2010 - 17:50
Joe Giardina
Pirates third baseman knocks in 13 runs in six games

Pittsburgh rookie third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been named the National League Player-of-the-Week for the week ending September 26.

09/27/2010 - 15:54
PSR Staff
News and notes from around the Pirates and Major League Baseball

*Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting is a better guy with better intentions than anyone in this town gives him credit for.

09/15/2010 - 09:41
Jim Lachimia
At the age of 61, Lanny Frattare was a rookie again. It was March of 2009, and the man that generations of Pirates fans knew simply as "Lanny" was stepping into a new role as "Professor Frattare."

As Waynesburg University's new Assistant Professor of Communication, Frattare wasn't sure what to expect out of his new career.

09/13/2010 - 10:23
James Santelli
*DURING THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, no Pirate has grown more as a player and a person than All-Star reliever Evan Meek, who says developing the ability NOT to dwell on poor performances has been one of the keys to his success. “Now if I have a bad outing, I forget it. I turn the page,” he commented. “Earlier in my career, I’d let it linger. I’d let it sit in my head and everyone would be able to see that. Now as soon as I leave the ballpark, it’s over with because I can’t carry that into my next outing. I can’t do it, and I don’t want to do it because I won’t be as effective.” The term “bulldog” really applies to Meek.

*LASTINGS MILLEDGE DIDN’T HIT his first home run of the season until June 27, but it was nice to see he remembered the theatrics that can be involved.

08/13/2010 - 08:36
Jim Lachimia
Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement recently 630 home runs and 22 seasons into his marvelous career. One of the most awe-inspiring and unforgettable performances I've ever seen was watching him pump baseballs—somewhat effortlessly I might add—into the upper deck in right field at Three Rivers Stadium during the home run derby prior to the 1994 All-Star Game. It was one of those moments when you knew you were in the presence of greatness.

• The Pirates improved their defense greatly when Jose Tabata took over for Lastings Milledge in left field and Neil Walker replaced Aki Iwamura at second base.

06/30/2010 - 23:00
Jim Lachimia
• Octavio Dotel is the most media-friendly and approachable player that's come through the Pirates clubhouse in the PNC Park era. Plus he always seems to have something interesting to say. He doesn't give canned, clich'd answers and he's never in a hurry to end the conversation. That gentleman is a delight.

• The problem with signing most free agent starting pitchers to long-term contracts is the back end, not the front end.

05/31/2010 - 23:00
Jim Lachimia
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Josh Bell had not hit a walk-off home run since he was a member of the Altoona Curve in 2015. He changed that Friday with a soaring shot for the left field loonies.
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Francisco Cervelli is as passionate about the current state of Venezuela as anybody you'll find. Last month, the Pirates' catcher spoke passionately about the movement, his country's state of affairs and the future of Venezuela.
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Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard led the way for the Red Wings, who landed Pittsburgh its fourth straight regulation loss.
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Monday night was more than a game. For Jameson Taillon, it was another heave in an ongoing push to liberation from a disease that can break down the toughest of men.
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