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Pedro Alvarez Seeking Consistent Hot Bat for Pirates

Pedro Alvarez Seeking Consistent Hot Bat for Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA -- Something seemed to just change for Pedro Alvarez while in Cleveland for the Interleague series against the Indians. And change quick. The third baseman was just 4-for-34 (.118 average) before blasting a leadoff home run on a 2-0 pitch off Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday. Alvarez didn't stop his tear there. He went deep again in the ninth inning. It marked the first time since his rookie season on July 21, 2010 that Alvarez had a multi homer game.

"Just trying to go up there and relax and compete," Alvarez said of his adjustments. "Just try to go up there and take some good passes and swing at some balls. Be selective. Try to swing at some good pitches that I can drive."

The lumber came back out in an impressive fashion again the next night. Alvarez belted two more home runs against Cleveland -- both three-run long balls -- while driving in a career-high six RBI. In his final at-bat in the Pirates win, Alvarez took a double off the wall just feet shy of a third home ...

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