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Worth noting

• The Pirates have homered 19 times in their last nine games and entered Friday's action leading all National League teams with 23 home runs this season. The Los Angeles Angels lead all Major League teams with 24.

• The Pirates scored nine of their 11 runs Thursday night after the sixth inning. Overall this season, the Bucs have scored 37 of their 68 runs in the seventh inning or later (54 percent) and have outscored their opponents 37-12 in those frames.

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