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8: Consecutive times the Pirates have been swept in West Coast cities since the last time they did the sweeping, in 2007 in San Francisco.

"It's this the Twilight Zone? Who'd have thought the bat would get me to the big leagues?"
-- Sanchez, whose reputation was built on his defensive prowess as a catcher, on making his Major League debut on Sunday as the Pirates' DH.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.