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.317/.404/.508: McCutchen's slash line of average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, making him only the fourth center fielder ever to have two straight seasons of at least .300/.400/.500. The predecessors were Mickey Mantle (1954-58), Willie Mays (1954-55 and 1957-58) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993-94).

"I'm nervous before every game, but it's a good nervousness to have. If you're not nervous, you shouldn't be playing the game. But I don't think I'll be any more nervous than usual, only more excited." -- McCutchen, on the eve of his first career elimination game.

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