• For the second consecutive year, Andrew McCutchen has received the Pirates Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. A player on each of the 30 MLB clubs is honored by the MLBPAA for his charitable efforts.
• The Pirates have allowed two runs or fewer in 50 of their 111 games, which, while sounding impressive, lacks some relevance without comparisons to other teams' performance in that department.
The Bucs' 50 is the best in the Majors, with the Cardinals next at 46. The other 13 NL clubs have an average of 37 such games. American League clubs come in with considerably lower numbers, not surprising given the impact of designated hitters.
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