First number, last word

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49: Most wins through June in Pirates history, by the 1971 World Series champions. Today's Pirates went for win No. 50 on Saturday night.

"Do you know how many times I still hear, 'What's going to happen late?' I believe I know what's going to happen, but there are people who are never going to believe. I listen to some people and go, 'Wow, you really think we're going to blow up again? That's what you got?' I don't." -- Hurdle, on the skepticism, healthy and somewhat natural, being faced by his MLB-best Pirates.

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