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9-2: Pirates' record when their pitchers do not allow an extra-base hit, and the 11 such games are the most in the Majors, entering Friday's slate.

"I might've just had a bad day with my kids, and it took me to a place where I just felt like putting something out there." -- Hurdle, looking back on what might have made him say in Spring Training that 95 wins will get the Pirates into the playoffs. Three games shy of the season's halfway mark, the Pirates had 48 wins.

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