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26: Innings without a homer played by the Pirates entering Friday night's game. It is their longest season-opening drought since 1998, when they were kept in the park the first five games of the season.

"... And when you're not in the lineup, you can fall back on a routine to get ready and go when called -- or just chew sunflower seeds and hang with the guys. As long as you're there cheering, wearing a big league uniform and hopefully watching your team take a 'W,' that's what this is all about." -- Snider, on the individual mentality needed to make up a team.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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