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104: Strikeouts by Pirates relievers, entering Tuesday's action, second most in the National League to the Arizona's 105.

"That's the hardest I've ever hit a ball in my career." -- Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes, reflecting on his two-run homer to left-center off Washington's Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.

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