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Ohlendorf wins arbitration hearing

Pirates starter Ohlendorf wins arbitration case

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Ohlendorf wins arbitration hearing
The Pirates and starter Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing this week, and a club official confirmed Wednesday that the three-man panel of arbiters sided with Ohlendorf, who will make $2.025 million in 2011.

Ohlendorf made $439,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration through "Super Two" status. The Pirates had countered his demands with an offer of $1.4 million, and the two sides were unable to reach an independent agreement.

"While disappointed with the result, we respect the process and the work that the arbitrators do for the parties," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We look forward to a healthy and winning season from Ross in 2011."

The hearing, which was held Tuesday, marked the first time the Pirates have reached that stage of arbitration with one of their players since 2004, when Jack Wilson won his argument.

Ohlendorf, 28, went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 21 starts for the Pirates this year. He was hampered by back and shoulder injuries. In 2009, Ohlendorf went 11-10 with a 3.92 ERA in 29 starts. The Pirates acquired Ohlendorf in a 2008 trade that sent Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady to the Yankees.

This was the first arbitration hearing held this year. Teams won five of eight arguments in 2010.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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