First number, last word

19-13: The Pirates' record, since the start of the 2013 season, when facing a left-handed starter, which they will do for only the second time this season Thursday afternoon, when Tony Cingrani goes for the Reds.

"I told him, 'I haven't seen a big man look that out of place but make it all work since the Fridge used to run in the backfield for the Bears.'" -- Manager Clint Hurdle, comparing Pedro Alvarez, when an infield shift turns him into a hybrid shortstop, to William 'Refrigerator' Perry, the onetime 400-pound lineman and occasional fullback.

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