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The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has already shown their resiliency this season. Twice this year the 'pen has been called upon to cover 8.0 innings. And they did so very efficiently. They've seen several guys come and go, but at the end of the day, the men in the bullpen have been solid for the Pirates.

"I’m pleased with the bullpen," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "They’re without ego. There’s nobody out there banging the drum to be used any differently than they’ve been used. They’ve all contributed significantly. There’s not one guy that hasn’t given us a shot in the arm when we’ve needed it. They feed off one another. They know the goal is to get the ball to Joel [Hanrahan]."

The second of the two occasions the bullpen had to throw 8.0 innings of relief came on Wednesday at PNC Park. After Erik Bedard was removed from the game with an injury in the top of the 2nd inning, the relievers took over. Brad Lincoln, Jared Hughes, Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli and Joel...

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