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Pirates' top-paid Iwamura benched

Updated: June 1, 2010, 5:02 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates gave up on waiting for second baseman Aki Iwamura to break out of a season-long slump, benching their highest-paid player and replacing him with former first round draft pick Neil Walker.

Walker, the son of former major league pitcher Tom Walker, celebrated his promotion to everyday player by getting two hits as the Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 on Monday. Walker is hitting .321 in seven games with the Pirates, the identical average he had in 43 games with ...

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