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0: Home runs allowed this season by Francisco Liriano in eight starts at PNC Park, where he made start No. 9 against the Cardinals on Friday night.

"Our pitching has ratcheted down a notch. We went from being as good as you can be, to now just really good." -- Hurdle, on a Pirates pitching staff that began the season historically tough and continues to carry a heavy load

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