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38: Total number of professional appearances -- since 2006 -- by 31-year-old Taiwanese left-hander Yang, signed and invited to camp as an international free agent by the Pirates on Thursday.

"There is a room in the house where my parents keep the hardware. They call it the 'Doghouse.' I sent my Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year Award to Mom, and she said, 'This one is going in the living room.' How cool is it when your Mom says that about you?"
-- Hurdle

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