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1945: The last year a Pirates pitcher led the National League in strikeouts (Preacher Roe, with 145). A.J. Burnett is the current league leader with 48 whiffs.

"It's the evolution of the club. I've seen it with other teams. It's important that they know it. It's important that Andrew knows it." -- Hurdle, on the balance in his lineup that has allowed the Pirates to go 8-3, even with Andrew McCutchen fighting through a 5-for-37 slump.

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