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34: Pirates' club record for most home runs in a season by a third baseman, by Aramis Ramirez in 2001. Alvarez took 32 into Wednesday night's game against the Brewers (and Ramirez).

"He's been one of the guys I've gone out of my way to tell them how I respect the way they play the game. He has always played with energy, with an edge." - Hurdle, on Byrd.

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