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Rod only played in 2 games in the past week, but he was a crucial part of both games.  He caught Wandy Rodriguez’s Pirates debut on Saturday night and also had the winning hit, and he caught AJ Burnett’s one-hitter on Tuesday. Rod caught Wandy’s debut for one reason, according to Rob Biertempfel: Wandy had [...]
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