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63-30: The Pirates' historical record in games in which Pedro Alvarez homers, as he did twice in Saturday night's 10-2 romp.

"If we play the best baseball we can play from this point on out, we'll find our way into the playoffs. Not a doubt in my mind. I've told them that." -- Hurdle

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