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.346: The Pirates' on-base percentage during the month of May, the best in the Major Leagues.

"If you believe in jinxes. I believe in location." -- manager Clint Hurdle, reminded that he had discussed Brandon Cumpton's "crazy" track record for not allowing any runs through four innings -- before Cumpton went out Saturday and, fighting his control, allowed 11 runs in 3 2/3 innings.

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