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24: Complete-game shutouts in the Major Leagues through Friday, out of a total of 141 team blankings. The Pirates led the big leagues with 11 shutouts entering Saturday play, in none of which the starting pitcher went beyond the seventh inning.

"I need to make a decision I can sleep with. For me, if the game gets away from us with [Mark] Melancon, I can sleep. Leaving Jeff [Locke] in there and having the game get away -- I can't sleep with that." -- Hurdle, on the eighth-inning move to reliever Melancon in Friday night's game despite Locke having had thrown 75 pitches in seven innings and had not allowed a hit after the second.

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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