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"I'm excited by the opportunity to play games. But as an old coach of mine kept saying, 'The good news is we get to play games. The bad news is we get to play games.' But it's time." -- Hurdle on Saturday's start of the Grapefruit League schedule, which sneaks up on his Pirates after only seven full-squad workouts.

"I'm excited by the opportunity to play games. But as an old coach of mine kept saying, 'The good news is we get to play games. The bad news is we get to play games.' But it's time." -- Hurdle on Saturday's start of the Grapefruit League schedule, which sneaks up on his Pirates after only seven full-squad workouts.