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14-12: The Pirates' final record for July, a fourth straight winning month to start a season for the 15th time in the club's 126-season history, the first since 1991.

"Some GMs wanted to remind us that we've lost 20 years in a row -- in case we overlooked it. And they tried to tell us how important it was to do the right thing, given the opportunity we've created for ourselves." -- Hurdle, giving an insight into the type of inducements given Huntington in his pre-non-waiver Trade Deadline negotiations

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