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Pirates Have Struggled With Stealing on Both Sides of the Game This Year

Pirates Have Struggled With Stealing on Both Sides of the Game This Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After starting the season off by stealing 13 bases, but getting caught 10 times, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knew the club needed to refocus. The Pirates were still getting caught about 50 percent of the time in the month of May. Pittsburgh isn't built with a lineup full of threatening bats, and being aggressive on the base paths is a huge part of the teams identity, Hurdle said.

"Not that we’re going to lead the league in stolen bases," he said. "We want to be smart with that. I think we’ve gotten much better with our stolen base percentage in the last two weeks. We were hovering around 50 percent over the first 40 games."

Jose Tabata, who stole 16 bases last season, has been one of several speedy players that has struggled on the bases. Tabata has swiped eight bags, but has been caught seven times.

"I’ve got to focus more," Tabata said. "A lot of times when I’m at the top of the lineup, I’ve got to do my job and do something for my team. I need to steal b...

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