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40: Number of games Pirates pitching has given up one run or no runs, the team's stingiest performance in that regard since the 1977 Bucs also held the opposition to one or none 40 times.

"We have a feeling we can go further than anyone thinks we can. It's going to be hectic -- but you dream of it, you hope for it."
-- A.J. Burnett, on the postseason voyage on which the Pirates are embarking.

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