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2: Games at second base this season for Indianapolis' regular shortstop, Jordy Mercer, before he joined the Pirates and started at second base Friday night, when his two-run homer was the difference in a 3-1 victory over Washington.

"Got another [start] in four days, so have to get ready for that one. It's nice to be able to put guys away right now, but I might have days when I don't have any, so I've got to enjoy them while I can."
-- Burnett, on strikeouts, of which he has 57, most in the National League and most in Pirates history for a pitcher through 29 games of a season.

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