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17: Home runs by Andrew McCutchen against the Cincinnati Reds, the Bucs' final pre-All-Star Game opposition, since the start of the 2009 season -- the most of anyone.

"I can pull up a bunch of swings-and-misses on changeups. I don't think we saw that with such regularity last season. The changeup has been such a good, deceptive pitch. And some of the fastballs have tied people up inside." -- Hurdle, on the new M.O. behind the effectiveness of left-hander Jeff Locke, who will lead off the weekend series in Cincinnati.

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