First number, last word

0-7: Pirates' record this season in potential series-sweeping games, most recently Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Rays.

"He's been a pitcher-whisperer for years."
-- Hurdle on Jim Benedict, the pitching-specialist assistant to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington who has been instrumental in the career revivals of Mark Melancon, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez and, now, Vance Worley.

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