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22-10: Pirates' record in four-game series during the 2013 season, reflecting six series wins and two splits. The Bucs will wrap up the home portion of their regular season with four-game series against the Cubs and the Padres, beginning Thursday night.

"Chicken wire, duct tape and spit -- and our next-man-up mentality." -- Hurdle, on how the Pirates have managed to stay the pitching course with all but one of their starters (Jeff Locke ) shelved by injury at one time or another.

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