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Bucs: Alvarez Enters Season Dedicated

By: Chris Gates
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — In an effort to keep readers as informed of the Buccos moving through spring training I’ll be updating you with daily links from across the internet regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Today’s start with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, a player most fans and critics look to as maybe the most important piece of the puzzle in 2012. Alvarez came into the 2011 season with big expectations after finishing 2010 on a tear.

Those expectations were far from filled, as he struggled with a quad injury and batted just .191 in 74 games with four home runs and 19 RBIs.

By all accounts, he has transformed his body and mental approach and is in a very good place to start spring training. According to Alvarez, he’s ready to play a big part in the Pirates lineup and bring another winning team to Pittsburgh.

“It’s just a matter of playing hard, and with dedication,” he said, according to a report on the Pirates official website. “It’s a great sports town. Football and hockey have been doing well, and it’s about time we gave them something good to cheer for.”

Click the link for a full report, including commentary from Alvarez’s teammates, manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington.

On to the links:

Chris Gates | Bucs Blog
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