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124: Runs scored by the Pirates since the All-Star break, in 27 games through Friday -- tops in the National League. Oakland led the Majors with 125 second-half runs.

"Laser ... they've got some high-tech stuff back there. Ice cups. Other things, all that fun stuff. I'm feeling better. And better is good." -- Mercer, on the treatment he is receiving from the Bucs' training staff for tightness in his right forearm.

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