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May 6, 2011: Date of switch-hitting Walker's last home run batting right-handed -- off current teammate Wandy Rodriguez, then with the Astros -- prior to connecting Sunday off Antonio Bastardo; Walker's last homer off a lefty in Spring Training was in 2007.

"You have to have skin like an iguana. Don't worry about what others are saying about you. Don't let things from the outside distract you." - Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, on Edinson Volquez, the object of fan criticism as he works through Spring Training, hopeful of regaining his former stature

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