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5-2: The Pirates' record during a recent stretch with both second baseman Neil Walker and catcher Russell Martin out with injuries. Last season, without Walker in the lineup, the Bucs were 15-22.

"We had winter on Monday and summer on Wednesday."

-- Jim Trdinich, Pirates director of baseball communications, on the temperature moving from 32 degrees Monday morning to 84 degrees for first pitch two nights later.

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