• Manager Clint Hurdle's preference for having relief pitchers start innings -- and to generally refrain from any mid-inning pitching changes -- is reflected by the fact Pirates relievers have had to deal with only 48 inherited runners all season, which ranks 29th in the Majors. Only Colorado (45) has had fewer.
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