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5: Number of different Pirates who have had hitting streaks of 10-plus games this season - Andrew McCutchen (12), Neil Walker (11), Marte (10), Harrison (10) and Polanco (10, current). The American League's Tigers are the only other MLB team to share that feat.

"It's been all about pitching. It's been a gritty, grinding season for us. A lot has gone on, and it's only the third week of June - which has made it really fun." - Hurdle, who clearly loves a challenge.

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