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2: The number of games Andrew McCutchen did not start for the Pirates this season before Tuesday. The Bucs went 2-0 in those contests.

"More often than not, we deal with Eeyores. We all do in our life. And they don't even have the challenges that some other people have to meet throughout the day. I shared with him the other day that he's the second-most positive person I ever met. ... Because I'm the first." -- Hurdle on McCutchen's demeanor

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