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13: Number of three-run home runs the Pirates hit all last season; they had one in each of their first three spring games, two by Tony Sanchez and another by Mel Rojas Jr.

"It put him at ease. He can build off this and we'll see where he can take it. But it sure was good to see him smile again." -- Hurdle, on Rodriguez's pitching and mood, which were both good on Saturday.

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