First number, last word

First number, last word

17: Pirates club record for most home runs in a season by a catcher, a modest mark established in 1965 by Jim Pagliaroni; with seven games remaining, starting with Sunday's home finale, Russell Martin had 15 home runs.

"He's a backyard player. He lays it all out there every day. Intent, focus ... the mentality in the dugout." -- Hurdle on Justin Morneau, who arrived from Minnesota on Aug. 31 to take over as the Pirates' first baseman and cleanup hitter.

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