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216: Strikeouts by newest Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri since May 3, 2012 -- when he was acquired by the Angels -- second most among American League relievers (Greg Holland, 238).

"You look at all the different options. Part of it is performance. Part of it is asset allocation -- what that means, the player has options." -- Hurdle, on deciding which current starting pitcher has to make way for Gerrit Cole's return on Saturday. Brandon Cumpton and Jeff Locke have options, Vance Worley does not.

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