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5: The number of games the Pirates made up on the first-place Brewers since Aug. 19. The Pirates were seven games back in the NL Central 12 days ago, but that number was down to two entering Sunday.

"We want to make sure we're patiently smart with these guys and get them as close to full health as possible. Because nobody is healthy at this point in the year, it's just a matter of how unhealthy you really are." -- Huntington, on Alvarez and Snider.

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