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Pirates extend development contract with Indianapolis

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The Pirates and the Indianapolis Indians have agreed to a four-year extension to their development contract, which means the Bucs' Triple-A affiliate will stay in Indianapolis through at least the 2020 season. The partnership seems to be working out well for both sides -- Indianapolis has a nice stadium and is relatively close to Pittsburgh, and the Pirates have given Indianapolis the talent to post five straight winning seasons. Indy went 83-61 in 2015 and got through the first round of the playoffs before falling to Columbus in the Governors' Cup championship series.

The Pirates have had their Triple-A team in Indianapolis since 2005. Here's a trivia question if you're under 30: Where was the Bucs' Triple-A affiliate before that? If you're over 40, where were their two previous Triple-A teams before the last one? You can find the answers here.

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In other news, Rick Sofield had his second interview for the Padres' manager job and seems to be a finalist for the position, Rob Biertempfel writes.