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Justin Morneau's first-inning groundout left him with one hit in 13 at-bats since being struck by a high-and-tight pitch by Milwaukee's Wily Peralta on Wednesday. Morneau had gone 5-for-11 with the Pirates before that.

• Hurdle recalled checking out the Pirates when they made their last Arlington visit in 2010, when he was Texas' hitting coach.

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Justin Morneau's first-inning groundout left him with one hit in 13 at-bats since being struck by a high-and-tight pitch by Milwaukee's Wily Peralta on Wednesday. Morneau had gone 5-for-11 with the Pirates before that.

• Hurdle recalled checking out the Pirates when they made their last Arlington visit in 2010, when he was Texas' hitting coach.

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"I did like the core group of offensive players," Hurdle recalled. "Watching [Jose] Tabata, [Pedro] Alvarez, [Andrew] McCutchen, [Neil] Walker, from a hitting coach's perspective, I thought, 'You know what, they've got some stakes on the ground. If they get on the other side of the ball and pitch better, they've got a shot.'"

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

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