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1: Home run hit by the Pirates, through Friday, in their last seven games -- in which they still scored a total of 38 runs, winning five of them.

"I know this man is committed to doing whatever it takes to being a Hall of Fame third baseman." - Hurdle, on Alvarez, whose time at the position has been interrupted by throwing issues.

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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