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• Beginning with Thursday's game, Pedro Alvarez had three remaining shots at a 41-year high for homers in day games by a Pirates player. Willie Stargell had 19 in 1971; Alvarez has 18.

• In Friday night's opener of their upcoming season-ending homestand, the Pirates will top last season's final attendance of 1,940,429. Before the six games with the Reds and the Braves are over, the Bucs will cross the 2 million barrier for the first time since 2000, PNC Park's inaugural season.

The Last Word
"I'm never surprised by what can happen in a player's free agent year. It's a wild card. I've seen players get to a really good place, because it frees them up. I've also seen players struggle, because it locks them up."
- Hurdle, on Kevin Correia having a chance to match his career high of 12 wins in his "walk" year.

• Beginning with Thursday's game, Pedro Alvarez had three remaining shots at a 41-year high for homers in day games by a Pirates player. Willie Stargell had 19 in 1971; Alvarez has 18.

• In Friday night's opener of their upcoming season-ending homestand, the Pirates will top last season's final attendance of 1,940,429. Before the six games with the Reds and the Braves are over, the Bucs will cross the 2 million barrier for the first time since 2000, PNC Park's inaugural season.

The Last Word
"I'm never surprised by what can happen in a player's free agent year. It's a wild card. I've seen players get to a really good place, because it frees them up. I've also seen players struggle, because it locks them up."
- Hurdle, on Kevin Correia having a chance to match his career high of 12 wins in his "walk" year.