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First number, last word

64: Consecutive innings pitched without allowing a home run, the longest active streak in the Majors, by Pittsburgh reliever Mark Melancon; he served up his last long ball -- and the only one of 2013 -- on April 14, to Cincinnati's Joey Votto.

"Really exciting. What made it exciting is being with such a historic franchise. We've got [a patch for the late Ralph] Kiner on our sleeves, and [Barry] Bonds and [Dick] Groat are standing out there ... it tells you the significance of this organization for so many years." -- Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, reflecting on the first Opening Day of his career.

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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