• 23-9: The Pirates' record following series openers, entering Saturday's second game against the Brewers.
• "He's pitched amazing ball this whole time, and we just haven't been able to produce the runs we've needed. Maybe we'll be the Miami Heat. In the second half, just take off." -- Andrew McCutchen, on the lack of run support that has saddled A.J. Burnett with a record of 3-5 despite an ERA of 2.57.
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