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16: Consecutive decisions on the road for left-hander Francisco Liriano, going into his Wednesday start in Cincinnati; he had a record of 8-8 in those games.

"Hard work. Acute focus, dedication and commitment. There's something to be said for old-fashioned grit. There doesn't always have to be a formula. He just put some sweat equity into it." -- Hurdle, on switch-hitter Neil Walker's awakening on the right side, from where on Tuesday he homered for the first time since May 6, 2011

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