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Pirates quietly re-upped manager, GM

Updated: June 17, 2010, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates extended the contracts of manager John Russell and general manager Neal Huntington for the 2011 season without making a public announcement during the offseason.

The Pirates were coming off a 99-loss season in 2009 and, amid slumping ticket sales, apparently felt announcing the winter deals might further lessen enthusiasm for this season. Huntington was given a one-year extension through 2011, and the club picked up Russell's option.

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