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Pirates Hoping Starling Marte Can Help Fill The Corner Outfield Void

Pirates Hoping Starling Marte Can Help Fill The Corner Outfield Void

The Pirates are hoping Starling Marte can fill the inconsistent production from their corner outfield positions this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled with consistency coming from their corner outfield positions and the leadoff spot in the lineup so far in 2012. The production they've had in left has combined for just a .195/.242/.317 line. Their leadoff spot in has hit just .217 on the year. Both numbers are well belong league average and need to improve drastically for the Pirates to remain in the playoff race.

"You like consistency in all areas," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "When you don’t have them, you find another way to get it done. The challenges that the game presents, with your organizational depth can either help you, or performance levels as they spark or falte...

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