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15: Total number of runs Pirates pitchers have allowed through the sixth inning in the first 10 Grapefruit League games, compared to 16 runs in the seventh or later, when Minor Leaguers and other hopefuls typically take over exhibitions.

"You watch Pedro, and you see he hasn't been chasing balls. He's been stubborn good with that approach." -- Banister, on Alvarez, who fanned a National League-high 186 times last season, but only four times in 20 at-bats thus far this spring

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