First number, last word

5-1: Pirates' record, through Friday, in front of 33,000-plus crowds at PNC Park this season.

"He''s taking medication for his knee. So am I -- taking medication for his knee." -- Hurdle, on why pitching coach Ray Searage is so "giddy" following outings by star pupil Edinson Volquez.

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