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First number, last word

15 -- The Pirates won at least 15 games in each of the first two months of the season for the first time in franchise history.

"If I had to pick a guy to plant in the lineup to hit third right now, for one game to win it all, I'd pick [Andrew] McCutchen. And I'd put [Detroit's Miguel] Cabrera fourth." -- Hurdle, who paused for several seconds between each phrase. He was asked if Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball today.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for
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