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8,186: Attendance at Thursday night's game between the Pirates and the Orioles, a McKechnie Field record for a night game, topping the 6,353 for the March 8, 2013, game between the same teams.

"I don't want to add to the drama. I don't want to get into something that's not real, without letting the player tell us how he feels. We'll have conversations, and see how he feels." -- Hurdle, when asked whether the tightness Liriano experienced in his left groin might prevent him from making his last scheduled preseason start.

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