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First number, last word

52: Strikeouts by Pirates pitchers in their last five games, through Tuesday; the Pittsburgh staff entered that stretch next-to-last among NL teams in strikeouts.

"What you want to do in life, what you want to accomplish -- it has to start with you, and with what you think. Everything you do starts with a thought."

-- McCutchen, on the fifth anniversary of his big league debut, on the biggest lesson of the first five years.

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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