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Kramer buried amid Pirates’ infield options


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BRADENTON, Fla. -- It was only last September that the Pirates' potential "Seinfeld" double-play was all the rage.

Both Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer had been called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to make their major-league debuts. However, instead of Newman and Kramer just being pals like on the former hit television series, these two Kevins appeared to be the middle infield of the future with Newman at shortstop and Kramer at second base.

Yet five months later, Newman appears to be the underdog in the spring-training competition with Erik Gonzalez for the starting shortstop job. The Pirates have raved about Gonzalez since acquiring him from the Indians in a trade Nov. 14.

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