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142: Number of double-digit strikeout games by starting pitchers this season -- through Monday -- a record pace to which the Pirates have made a modest contribution. Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton have one each.

"He's making good progress. He did some agility running. Cones were involved. ... Any time cones are involved, I just walk away. Takes me back to my two-a-days in summer football." -- Hurdle, on Tuesday's workout by Clint Barmes -- at least the portion of it that he saw.

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