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39: Runs the Pirates have scored in the seventh inning or later in their first 24 games, or 44 percent of their total of 89 runs.

"Starters get paid big bucks for a reason, because they know how to get guys out. When they're on and got their rhythm, it's tough to get a mistake from them, and most hitters are mistake hitters."
-- Russell Martin, on the Bucs' tendency to come awake when starters turn the mound over to their bullpen.

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