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1.39: Mark Melancon's ERA, in 71 innings, entering Sunday's season finale. That will rank as the lowest in club history for anyone with 50-plus innings in relief, bettering Larry Demery's mark of 1.53 for 64 2/3 innings in 1975.

"Managing games of no consequence when we weren't in the race ... I've had many opportunities along those lines. But this is different. Guess we've earned this opportunity to ratchet down." -- Hurdle, on the Pirates being able to unplug for Game No. 162, following Saturday's No. 1 Wild Card clincher

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