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6: The number of times the Pirates and Cardinals will play each other in the next 10 days -- starting with Monday's series opener to closing out their regular-season series. The Cardinals won seven of the first 13 meetings.

"If they choose not to go, they forfeit their salary. Let's be transparent about this before you want to hand them any medals for showing up. ... We're confident with the men here that that's not really an option."
-- Hurdle, on players accepting their assignment to the Minors once they clear waivers.

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