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7: Shutouts the Pirates have been involved in this season, two for and five against; in contrast, the St. Louis Cardinals lead MLB with 25 shutouts.

"Games are hard to win up here. A lot of it has to do with when you play people. Sometimes people aren't healthy; sometimes they just aren't playing well. But to think you have an advantage, you're missing the boat about competition." -- Hurdle, whose Pirates were 9-3 through Wednesday in a stretch of playing teams with the poorest records in the Majors.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.