First number, last word

86-1: Pirates' record, since the start of the 2012 season, when they take a lead into the ninth inning.

"He's a work in progress, but the first-month results were very good. If he was a stock, you'd be very happy with your return after the month of April." -- Hurdle, on Starling Marte's start to his first full Major League season

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