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Pirates steel for Gerrit Cole debut

Updated: June 11, 2013, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole sat on a stool in the cramped locker room at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league complex in Bradenton, Fla., in late February and thought for a moment.

What, exactly, does the burly right-hander love so much about baseball?

Sure, the money is great. The potential fame too. Yet for the player considered one of the cornerstones of a franchise rebuilding itself from the ground up, the pull is much more primitive.

"I just like to just beat somebody," ...

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