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.393: Composite average of Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen in the six games they have formed the top third of the Bucs' lineup, through Wednesday.

"I've thought about it here. We've got two guys who could do it, but the situation never presented itself where I felt it would've been in the best interest of the team. I played on two teams where it was done often. Sometimes, it was an upgrade defensively." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, on whether he'd consider briefly positioning a pitcher in the outfield in order to juggle two relievers by matchup, as Houston manager Bo Porter recently did.

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