Quote to note

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's that the better your bullpen is, the smarter you are as a manager." -- Hurdle, who has looked a genius as Pirates relievers have compiled a 1.80 ERA, 6-2 record and converted nine of 10 save opportunities.

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