First number, last word

.516: The Pirates' pre-All-Star break winning percentage this season -- the lowest in Clint Hurdle's four seasons as their manager.

"Remember back in Little League that kid who has three hits and is ... running around crazy? Two games later, it's that same kid who can barely get his back end out to right field." -- Hurdle, on the humbling game of baseball, in which the best and worst days are never too far apart.

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