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4: The number of starts, counting Sunday's, that A.J. Burnett has made against the Pirates in his 16-season career. It is the fewest number of starts Burnett -- who spent 2012-13 in Pittsburgh -- has made against any Major League team.

"When you look at an All-Star Game, and you look at a guy who is that valuable in so many different places. And I am one of the few who can speak to, 'What if it goes 15?' And now he can free up this, he can free up that. It's a DH game, what value can he bring? Whether it's speed, it's all over the place. This is a wild card." -- Clint Hurdle on utilityman Josh Harrison's All-Star candidacy.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.