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First number, last word

798: Major League managerial wins by Hurdle entering Thursday's game, two away from becoming the sixth active skipper with 800 (Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter, Terry Francona and Ron Gardenhire).

"I've tried to take advantage of each opportunity I've been given, and am grateful that Clint has stuck me back there for meaningful games ... it's been huge for me."
-- Tony Sanchez, whose tenure as the Pirates' primary catcher is about to end with the return of Martin.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for
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