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36 percent: Pirates relievers' save-conversion rate (5 out of 14 opportunities) through the first 33 games of this season, compared to 79 percent (55 of 70) last season.

"We're really good about it if you don't want to interview us. If you all would like to take a day off and bypass the office, you're not going to ruin my day." -- Hurdle, on his team welcoming yet not obsessing about the increased media coverage in the wake of 2013's postseason breakthrough.

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