First number, last word

5-9: The Pirates' record, after Friday night's opener of a three-game set against Houston, in the first games of series this season, in stark contrast to their record (20-8) in all other games.

"Good teams that go on to play late, you hear it from them at the end every year: 'It took all of us.' You get to rely on different guys throughout the season for a spark." -- Hurdle, on the importance of keeping everyone on the 25-man roster involved.

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