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6: Consecutive games hit safely by Clint Barmes, who went 1-for-5 with an RBI on Tuesday, surpassing his longest streak of the 2012 season.

"He's more in a survivor mentality than ever before, and it has nothing to do with [living up to] the contract. It's not knowing how many more playing opportunities will come with it." -- Hurdle, on the revival of Tabata, while conceding that the six-year contract he signed in August 2011 guaranteed him some rope, but not of infinite length.

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