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Pirates Offense Taking Strides, but Needs to Step Up

Pirates Offense Taking Strides, but Needs to Step Up

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates offense banged out 11 hits against the Colorado Rockies in the Bucs 5-4 win on Tuesday night at PNC Park. It marked just the third time all season that the club had combined for double-digit hits. The two other days came on April 17 against Arizona (13), on the 8th against Philadelphia (11).

Entering game action on Thursday, the Pirates were hitting for a team .221 clip. They gained 19 points in their average after Tuesday's win and Wednesday's doubleheader. For most of the 2012 season, the bats have been cold. It seemed that the early offensive struggles were taken with a grain of salt because it was early in the season. But now that it's the end of April, the club needs that to take a turn.

"Our picture's not on a milk carton yet. We’re not missing," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We just got to do things in a little more efficient manner. I don’t think you ever hear coming out of my lips that it's early. It is what it is. It’s a g...

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