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Alvarez Hitting Fifth to Take Pressure off; Tabata to get him out of the Spotlight

Alvarez Hitting Fifth to Take Pressure off; Tabata to get him out of the Spotlight

Tonight will mark the third straight game in a row that Manager Clint Hurdle has ran out the same lineup. Starting on Thursday, Hurdle inserted Pedro Alvarez into the fifth spot after he was benched for several days to "clear the deck". And Jose Tabata was bumped down to the sixth spot instead of batting near the top order.

So far, Hurdle is liking what he's seen from it. The Pirates have won each of their last two games.

"I’m trying to get Pedro out of the fourth hole to just take some pressure [off]," Hurdle said. "The same way with Tabata. He’s a guy that profiles to be a top of the order guy. Unfortunately the numbers at this point in time haven’t played out that way. Let’s get him out of that position, out of the spotlight, give him a chance to not have that responsibility and just ...

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