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.700: Michael Martinez's batting average in his last five games, after .231 in the first seven; he is batting .435 overall.

"They both have sweat equity that is very significant to me." -- Hurdle, complimenting how hitting coach Jeff Branson and his assistant, Jeff Livesey, have both spent a lot of time tutoring current Pirates players as they made their way through the Pittsburgh farm system.

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