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12-5: Pirates' record in Interleague games, best among National League teams, entering the series in Texas, the final regular-season series against American League competition.

"If you're going to ride that roller coaster, put your seatbelt on. These were my expectations, to be in a dogfight, and we're legitimately in a dogfight." -- Hurdle, to friends who are getting rattled as the Pirates careen down the stretch.

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