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Andrew McCutchen Looking Like One of the Best in the Game

Andrew McCutchen Looking Like One of the Best in the Game

After blasting his 14th home run of the season on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen continues to impress in 2012, while putting his name in conversations among the best center fielders in the game right now.

"Just not trying to do too much, staying within myself," McCutchen said of his approach. "Just swinging at pitches and hitting them. I’m making good contact and hitting them. Learning each at-bat, learning each game. Just trying to take it game by game."

McCutchen proved to be human on Thursday in the Pirates 5-4 win against Philadelphia going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, but it marked just the second time in his past 10 games he didn't pick up at least one hit. The 25-year-old has gone 16-for-40 (.400) with three homers over his past 10 games, and has hits in 5 of last 9 at bats with runners in scoring position.

"He’s made a lot of progress from this year from where he was last year," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "You saw the challenges that he experienced last year from the half...

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