First number, last word

1.76: The Pittsburgh rotation's collective ERA in the last eight games, entering Tuesday night's action. In those games, Pirates starters allowed a total of 10 earned runs, and relievers 15 earned runs.

"When he had the go-away tour in his last year and came into Colorado, we gifted him and I said to him, 'I don't know how good you are, but it's kinda crazy: You've been hot for 18 years.' He thought that was really funny, and we joked about it for years after."
-- Hurdle, on the late Tony Gwynn, "one of the three best pure hitters of my generation."

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