First number, last word

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246: Number of blown saves in the Major Leagues, entering Friday's games. The Pirates' Jason Grilli had zero.

"If you throw strikes and get outs, you have an opportunity to work in the express lane in the Minor League system."
-- Hurdle, on Brandon Cumpton, who a year ago was pitching in Double-A Altoona and on Saturday will make his big league debut.

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