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Old faces come home to lead Pirates to big victory over the Rays

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Familiar faces came home to haunt the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday afternoon. Former teammates Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez homered, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won 13-8. The Pirates took a 10-0 lead in the first two innings, scoring eight times off of starter Jake Odorizzi. “I just didn’t have any stuff, plain and simple,” said Odorizzi, who makes his regular-season debut on Tuesday against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. “Fastball wasn’t good. Curve same way. Split, same way. So…

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Tampa Bay’s errors helps lose lead to Pirates in Spring game

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The Tampa Bay Rays started their eighth inning Friday with gifts. After that, it was Gift. Gift Ngoepe singled home the tie-breaking run in the eight, his heroics coming after two throwing errors in a three-run inning by the Pirates. Tampa Bay fell to 4-6 on the spring. Taylor Motter had a home run and a double for the Rays, giving the team a 3-1 lead going into the eighth. Jake Odorizzi held the Pirates to three hits and two…

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South Florida hires Skip Holtz

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From Fanhouse: East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has accepted an offer to be South Florida’s next football coach, FanHouse has learned. Holtz, 45, led the Pirates to a second straight Conference USA title this season and a berth in the Liberty Bowl against Arkansas. In five seasons at East Carolina, Holtz went 38-27 and led the Pirates to bowl appearances in four seasons. Holtz, the son of legendary college coach Lou Holtz, also served as head coach at Connecticut, then…

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