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4: Home runs allowed by Pittsburgh pitchers in the last 18 games, entering Thursday afternoon's tilt in St. Louis.

"They're a much better team with him. Arguably he may be the best catcher in the big leagues. I like our guy, too. You'll see the two best behind the plate in the National League. Well, [Buster] Posey is pretty good, too -- you gotta throw him in there." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, on Yadier Molina's return to the Cardinals' lineup to match up with Pittsburgh receiver Russell Martin.

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