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13-4: The Pirates' record on Tuesdays, entering the series opener in St. Louis -- the Majors' best on that day of the week. The Bucs' 14-4 record on Wednesdays is also an MLB-best.

"I hate to break the news to you -- but there's a chance we're going to lose three games in a row again before the season is over. There's no mental fatigue; they're ready to go." -- Hurdle, on the Pirates' state of mind following a weekend sweep by the Rockies in Colorado.

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.