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23-10: The Pirates' record in games decided by three runs or fewer, entering Friday's action, the best in the Majors.

• "He's in a very good place, compared to where he was in the past. It's experience and maturity, good judgment. He's a unique talent." -- Hurdle on Andrew McCutchen, whose strikeouts are dramatically down (21 in 172 at-bats entering Friday) at a time they are soaring all over the Majors.

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