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.330: Andrew McCutchen's batting average the last calendar year -- since May 7, 2013 -- the best in the Major Leagues.

"Possibly. But I don't look for excuses. I don't. In this game, you continue to move on opportunities when they present themselves. You always prepare and get ready for them." -- Hurdle, on whether the Pirates' Major League-leading total of nine blown saves could be partly attributed to how infrequently the opportunities have come

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